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Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

online betting(SportsNetwork.com) – Colon lasted a season-low 4 1/3 innings in last Wednesday’s 9-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and was touched for nine runs (8 earned) and 11 hits with a season-high two walks and four strikeouts. The runs and hits were both season-highs for Colon, who has dropped consecutive decisions for the first time since a three-game slide from June 29-July 10, 2014.

The hard-throwing right-hander set a franchise record by tossing 48 2/3 straight innings without allowing a walk and fell to 6-3 with a 4.85 ERA in nine starts this season. Colon went seven straight starts without issuing a walk and defeated the Phillies on May 10, allowing four runs over six innings of a 7-4 win.

Colon has made 10 career starts against the Phillies and has a 5-3 record to go along with a 4.15 ERA through 65 innings.

New York hopes Colon brings his best stuff after it was swept in three games by the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend. The Mets suffered a 9-1 loss on Sunday at PNC Park and Jon Niese was touched for four runs in 4 2/3 innings.

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Erik Goeddel allowed three runs in relief and Sean Gilmartin gave up two.

Wilmer Flores went 2-for-4 with the lone RBI for New York, which lost for the 10th time in the past 14 tries.

The Mets have lost seven in a row on the road, but are back home for six straight games against the Phillies and Miami Marlins.

Philadelphia will begin the final leg of its 10-game road trip (3-4) and dropped two of three to the Washington Nationals in DC.

The Nationals won the series with Sunday’s 4-1 win and Phillies starter Aaron Harang was dealt the tough-luck loss for allowing two runs in six innings.

eff Francoeur had two hits and an RBI for the Phillies.

Severino Gonzalez will make his fourth career start for the Phillies Monday and the rookie is 2-1 with a 7.11 earned run average. Gonzalez aims for his third straight win and defeated Colorado with five innings of one-run ball in a 4-2 win last Wednesday.

The right-hander from Panama has never faced the Mets and will make his fourth start on the road. Gonzalez has given up three runs in his last two starts after getting crushed in his MLB debut on April 28 at St. Louis, where he was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 frames.

Philadelphia is 1-5 against New York this season.
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Here are 5 Phillies things to know Monday:

  1. Rookie right-hander Severino Gonzalez (2-1) and Mets righty Bartolo Colon (6-3, 4.85) will start Monday’s Memorial Day 1:10 p.m. series opener at Citi Field. Making his second start since returning from Triple-A, Gonzalez won in Colorado last Wednesday, allowing one run over five innings. Colon is 0-2 with a 12.54 ERA in his last two starts, allowing 15 runs, 13 earned, on 18 hits over 9 1/3 innings in home losses to Milwaukee and St. Louis. Three starts ago, Colon allowed four runs over six innings in a May 10 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
  2. Rookie third baseman Maikel Franco, 0-for-4 with a strikeout batting cleanup on Sunday, is hitting .158 with a homer and two RBIs in 19 at-bats over his last five games. In his first five after a May 17 call up from Triple-A, he hit .350 with one homer and five RBIs in 20 at-bats. He’s now batting .256 for the season.3. Philles right-hander Aaron Harang was a tough-luck loser again Sunday despite holding Washington to two runs over six innings. In his last four starts, he’s 1-2 with a no-decision despite pitching to a 1.33 ERA. For the season, he’s 4-4 with a 1.93 ERA in 10 starts.
  3. Rookie center fielder Odubel Herrera, 1-for-4 on Sunday, is hitting .221 in 22 May games after batting .301 in 23 April contests.
  4. Hitting with runners in scoring position again was an issue on Sunday for the Phils, who were 1-for-9. For the season, their .223 RISP average is 27th among 30 teams, 14th among 15 NL clubs.

Phillies’ full lineup:

  1. Ben Revere, LF
    2. Freddy Galvis, SS
    3. Chase Utley, 2B
    4. Ryan Howard, 1B
    5. Maikel Franco, 3B
    6. Grady Sizemore, RF
    7. Odubel Herrera, CF
    8. Carlos Ruiz, C
    9. Severino Gonzalez, P

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Live Betting horse racing

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Most betting on a horse race takes place in the few minutes just prior to a race beginning. That’s the optimum time when all conditions are known, the form has been studied exhaustively, and perhaps you’ve even watched your fancy in the parade ring and making their way down to the start. You know the weather, the state of the ground, the form of the jockey, and the form of the trainers’ other horses. All factors should be clear at this stage, enabling you to wager your hard-earned cash on the best possible chance available to you.

However, despite knowing all this, some uncontrollable variables can still scupper your chances of collecting a few quid. What if your choice is slowly away once the starter has opened the stalls or let the tape fly? Your horse will lose vital ground at the beginning of the race and could have thrown away all chances of passing the finishing line first (especially in a short flat race). What if your horse falls at the first hurdle or fence? What if the jockey’s saddle slips after just a few yards have been travelled? All your hard work in making your choice is lost. And so is your money.

One way to avoid these unpredictable and innumerable factors is to bet in-running. That is to wait until the race has begun, and take what odds are available on whatever runner looks the most likely to win.

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However, another problem lies in wait in that most bookmaking firms don’t provide an in-running option. Most do offer after-the-off betting, but that is only available for up to a maximum of 30 seconds after the horses have started the race. It is not great, but better to have your cash in your hand rather than a betting slip containing the name of the horse that refused to come off stall number six, than be cursing your luck having lost your wager.

Once the race has begun, all the aforementioned starting variables are removed, and you’re more likely to receive better value for your money. That said, you’re also going to get slightly skinnier odds. Betting exchanges such as Betfair offer the best outlet for in-running betting.

As soon as your race has begun, odds will be posted. You’re likely to get offered prices very similar to that of the last show before the race began (starting price). As the race progresses, the prices will change to reflect what is happening in the race. The runner that refused to leave his stall will be offered at 1,000/1, whereas the front-runner who is cruising with a lead of 25 lengths with a furlong to run will be 1/100, and every horse in between will be available to back at various prices.

The warning (and it is a big warning too) with this kind of betting surrounds television coverage. It can be delayed by seven or eight seconds, or even more depending on what services the punter is using. That means, what is happening on your television at home may not be reflective of the prices you are being offered on your computer. The prices being offered could be by people at the racetrack, watching the race live inplay and know that the 25-length leader has already fallen at the last. More on this caveat later.

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Why does live betting work well with horse racing?
The scenarios where a horse is left at the start or falls at the start are removed if you only bet in- running. You can then use your judgement to place the bet you think has the best chance of being landed and once the uncontrollable variables have been removed.

Live inplay betting sites work well with racing, especially jumps racing due to the length of time available for a punter to place their bet. In fact, most sports are amenable to in-running betting, especially football, which allows 90 minutes of wagering to take place on a wide range of markets.

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Each way betting strategy horse racing

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Firstly, understand what the real basis of an each way bet is. It is one bet to place and one to win, so two bets combined into one, and generally you only use it if you think you horse will do OK. When you think that it has a decent outside shot at winning, but isn’t the favourite.

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With this Each way system, you can increase your profit if your selection wins, as well as taking insurance on your stake if your horse only places. The first step is to work out the profit that you would get if your horse just places. This is where it all begins. So if you have backed at 10/1 shot at £10, then a place market paying out at 1/4 odds will give you profit of £15. This is the figure with which you need to work.

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So, you then take that potential £15 profit from a place finish and make an outright winner stake on the same horse. So you are laying out more in stake, but you have given yourself insurance. This is what I do, broken down.

£10 each way on Horse A at 10/1 = £20 stake
This bet returns £100 profit for a win
This bet returns £15 profit for a place

So place a further £15 stake (the value of a place payout) on Horse A winning outright at 10/1 = £15 stake This bet returns £150 profit for a win

So, what are the outcomes with this doubling up method?

Win: If the horse wins, then great, you get back £250 profit from a £35 stake (over the two bets). Place: If the horse places, which is what you expected by taking an each way option, then you win £15 from the Each Way bet, but as you spent £15 on the outright market, you haven’t lost anything by risking the second bet.

Worse case scenario though, is that the horse fails to place, which means you have lost two stakes. But that is the risk worth weighing up. Because, if you pick out a horse and you earmark it for at least a place finish, then you should be confident of creating yourself a free bet with this horse racing betting strategy.

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Rory McIlroy trails at BMW PGA Championship after first-round 71

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Playing for the fourth straight week, the top-ranked McIlroy failed to recapture the form that saw him surge to a record seven-shot victory at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow last week.

McIlroy had two birdies and two bogeys in his first five holes, missing a 12-foot putt for par at the first hole after failing to find the green with his approach. He went birdie-bogey-birdie from Nos. 12-14, and could not take advantage of par-5s on the final two holes.

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Karlsson made six birdies for a round of 67. The Swede birdied two of the final three holes to take the overall lead in the European Tour’s flagship event.

Karlsson was one shot ahead of four players — Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jorge Campillo, Chris Wood and Y.E. Yang.

Stephen Gallacher of Scotland was forced to withdraw from the competition, shortly before he was scheduled to tee off with Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood. Gallacher, who was part of Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup-winning team, has a wrist injury.

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Veteran Padraig Harrington, who injured his shoulder during a workout earlier this week, also withdrew after two holes Thursday. It was the first time in his 20-year career that he had to pull out of a tournament.

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Live Golf Betting

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Moreover, golf is a great hobby and the game is played recreationally by innumerable amateur golfers around the globe. It is not just golf players who enjoy the game, a large number of golf fans also watch golf tournaments covered by television channels. Punters can bet on a golf event traditionally, just before the tournament begins; however, technology and innovations in the online betting market have brought to punters something much more interesting than traditional golf betting, and that is live golf betting.

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Exciting live golf betting markets are offered by all prominent online sportsbooks, and to get the best golf odds, punters are required to shop at as many online sportsbooks as possible. For instance, if golf bettors visit Bet365 Sportsbook, they will come across a wide range of bets such as top South African, top American, and others. In fact, Bet365 is one of the best online betting sites for live golf betting although bettors will find some excellent live golf betting action at online bookmakers such as 888.com, Titan Bet, Paddy Power Sportsbook, William Hill Sportsbook, Ladbrokes Sportsbook, and others.

Live golf betting can be done professionally as well as recreationally. While professional players need to put in a lot of research and hard work to rake in profits from their live golf bets, recreational bettors who don’t really care whether they win the bets or not, but are betting solely for the pleasure of betting can take it a bit easy. A recreational live golf bettor can either shop for the best golf betting odds by visiting a wide range of online sportsbooks or they can visit a betting exchange such as Betfair.com, which follows a peer-to-peer system of betting without the involvement of any bookmaker.
Most of the best live golf betting sites in the industry offer great odds and excellent promotions and bonuses. Besides live betting, they also offer other gaming services such as casino, poker, bingo, games, and others.

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Exciting Golf Games
The world of golf comprises four exciting golf events—Masters, US Open, Open Championship, and Masters.
The oldest of the above-mentioned four is the Open Championship, which is played in Scotland. The first Open Championship was played in 1860 at Ayrshire’s Prestwick Golf Club, and today, the winner of the event can take home a purse of around £850,000.
The Masters is an annual golf event, held in Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club. The best of the best professional golf players are chosen to participate in this event, which was launched in 1952 by the legendary golf player Ben Hogan. The golf player who has already won six Masters titles is Jack Nicklaus.
The US Open is the American version of the British Open, with both events welcoming amateur as well as professional golf players to participate. The prize pot is huge, and in 2010, it touched the $7.5 million mark. Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan have won the US Open four times each.
The USPGA Championship is the final event in the golf gaming calendar, the last chance for great professional golf players to pick a major prize and a title. The event was launched in 1894 to give amateurs a chance to prove their skills, but in 1916, it became an exclusive event for professional players.
Golf punters should also take into consideration the US Tour and the European Tour, both of which attract plenty of betting activity and promise prize pools in millions of dollars to the winners.

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Best Live Betting Strategy

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Pay Attention
If punters carefully watch the lines as they are changed in the course of a match, they will notice that online sportsbooks follow definite patterns. Online sportsbooks have to act fast to avoid putting smart players at an advantage, but they do not always succeed. A punter who is paying close attention to what is going on in the match and how the online sportsbooks respond to these events, they will notice big money opportunities.
Professional punters can easily exploit live betting markets, especially during those emotional moments during the match when recreational bettors over react, causing dramatic shifts in the odds presented. In this case, all bettors need to do is to bet on the opposite.

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The Five Percent Rule
The five percent rule is very simple because it tells punters not to use more than five percent of their bankrolls for betting. First, bettors must determine how much of their bankroll they are willing to wager on a sports event. According to the five percent rule, players are allowed to wager just five percent of their bankroll on a particular sports event. They should then use just five percent of that pre-determined amount on each bet. Quite understandably, the five percent rule cannot always be used, but it definitely helps punters manage their bankrolls better.
Controlled Betting
Live betting can get very exciting, but bettors must always keep part of their attention on their bankrolls. Controlled betting, in other words, is the key to successful live betting. Punters who cannot control the size of the bets they place will end up losing more money in the long run. The above-mentioned 5 percent rule, therefore, will help players maintain control over their live bets.

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Finding Top Odds
Live sports bettors usually find it very difficult to identify the best odds. Since this is live betting, the odds are not available till the game or match begins, and once online sportsbooks post the odds, they keep modifying them as per the events. Another problem with identifying the best odds for live betting is that online sportsbooks offer live betting on different sports and different matches, making it difficult for live bettors to identify and analyze top odds.
The best strategy for live bettors is to visit different online bookmaking sites to check if they offer odds on the same game. Needless to say, ample research on players, teams, match statistics, and other factors is also essential for players to identify the best odds.

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Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox

sports betting site(SportsNetwork.com) – The Red Sox captured a 4-3 victory in Tuesday’s series opener, as David Ortiz and Mike Napoli both homered and finished with two hits. Hanley Ramirez finished 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored, while Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia had two hits apiece.

Wade Miley took home the win in seven innings of work and allowed two runs with seven strikeouts and a walk.

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Boston has won six of its last nine games and is 2 1/2 games off the American League East lead. It will host the LA Angels for three games this weekend and has homered in 14 of the last 17 home games.

Ortiz has reached base safely in his 16 games at Fenway Park this season.

Joe Kelly draws the start for the Red Sox Wednesday and is 0-2 with a 7.16 earned run average in his last five starts. Kelly did not record a decision in last Thursday’s 2-1 win at Seattle and pitched 6 1/3 sharp innings, allowing one run and five hits with three walks and two K’s.

Kelly is 1-2 with a 5.58 ERA in seven outings this season and threw five scoreless innings of relief in his only appearance against Texas.

The Rangers opened a nine-game road trip on a down note and starter Yovani Gallardo was roughed up for four runs and 10 hits, including homers to Ortiz and Napoli, in five innings.

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Leonys Martin homered and Prince Fielder finished with a team-high two hits for the Rangers, losers in seven of their last 11 games.

Texas still has the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians to play on this journey and hopes Phil Klein can pitch the club back on track Wednesday. Klein will make his first big league start and is 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA in six relief appearances.

Klein is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock before the game in place of injured left-hander Ross Detwiler, who is on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left shoulder. Klein has a 1-0 record with a 1.69 ERA in six games (2 starts) with the Express.

The Red Sox won four of six meetings against the Rangers last season. The two clubs will play four games in Arlington later this month.

TRAINER’S ROOM — Rangers: Josh Hamilton returned to action in his rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco when the Rough Riders faced Midland. Hamilton took Monday off after going 5 for 9 on Saturday and Sunday. He is expected to return to the Rangers during a three-game series in Cleveland starting Monday.

Red Sox: Sandoval left the game after being hit on the left knee by a 94 mph fastball in the seventh. He was sore, but Farrell said a scan ruled out structural damage. … Ramirez remained in the game after sliding awkwardly into second base on a double in the fifth and jamming his left leg. Farrell and a trainer came out to talk with him while the safe call was being reviewed and confirmed. “It felt like it was a play that should have been overturned, but it doesn’t matter,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said.

UP NEXT — Rangers: RHP Phil Klein (0-0) is scheduled to make his first start in his 24th major league appearance Wednesday in the second game of the three-game series. Klein is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and take the spot of LHP Ross Detwiler, who went on the disabled list Sunday with left shoulder inflammation.

Red Sox: After four consecutive starts in which he allowed at least five earned runs, Joe Kelly (1-2) will be coming off his second-best outing of the season Wednesday. He gave up one run in 6 1-3 innings but did not get a decision last Thursday in Boston’s 2-1 win at Seattle

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American Pharoah Will Run Against History at Belmont

Racebook Gambling (nytimes.com)- Days after another Preakness Stakes, and horse-racing aficionados once more have a bounce in their step. For the fourteenth time in the last 36 years, a horse will pull into Belmont Park with an opportunity to become the 12th Triple Crown champion, and the first since Affirmed in 1978.

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Is American Pharoah the horse to finally complete one of the most difficult feats in sports?

Just as most horse owners try to abide by the golden rule of always accepting a better-than-fair price when it’s offered for a colt or filly, most horseplayers try, but mostly fail, to honor their own version: that nobody knows nothing.

So let’s stick first with what American Pharoah has going for him.

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He is the reigning 2-year-old champion, as were six of the last seven Triple Crown champs. Like Affirmed, Seattle Slew, Secretariat, Citation, Count Fleet and Whirlaway, American Pharoah demonstrated brilliance early in his career. Only Assault failed to earn the 2-year-old title. It is a foundation that American Pharoah has continued to build on, winning all four of his races as a 3-year-old for a record of six victories in seven starts and more than $3.7 million in purses.

American Pharoah also has a running style similar to those of many of the greats. He likes to be on or near the front early in the race, possesses a high cruising speed and has a grittiness that wears down his rivals in the late going. Affirmed, Seattle Slew and, most memorably, Secretariat took control of the Belmont Stakes from the gate and never gave an inch as each passed the Test of the Champion, as the grueling mile and a half is known.

American Pharoah certainly showed that dimension in the Preakness, albeit in the kind of wet conditions that he had proved adept at tackling two months earlier on a similarly sloppy track in Arkansas.

What are his intangibles? He definitely passes the name test; American Pharoah (even misspelled) sounds regal and powerful enough to stand alongside Triple Crown champions like Sir Barton and Gallant Fox, Omaha and War Admiral. You couldn’t really say that about Smarty Jones.

 

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Los Angeles Angels at Toronto Blue Jays

Sportsbook(SportsNetwork.com) -Toronto snapped a five-game losing streak in Monday’s opener, as Jose Bautista went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, three RBI and three runs scored to power the Blue Jays to a 10-6 win.

Russell Martin went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored for the Blue Jays, who won for only the second time in nine tries.

Toronto starter Todd Redmond allowed three runs on four hits over four innings. Roberto Osuna (1-0) got the win after tossing 1 2/3 scoreless frames.

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Chris Iannetta, David Freese and Albert Pujols homered for the Angels, who have dropped two straight since a five-game winning streak.

C.J. Wilson got the start for Los Angeles and gave up four runs on 10 hits over five innings. Mike Morin (1-1) allowed three runs on one hit with two walks while recording two outs in the sixth.

Hoping for a better effort tonight the Angels will hand the ball to lefty Hector Santiago, who is 2-2 with a 2.41 ERA. Santiago is winless in his last four starts but pitched well enough to win on Wednesday against Colorado as he struck out eight and allowed just an unearned run in six innings of a no- decision. He also didn’t get a decision in his previous start, despite pitching 6 1/3 scoreless innings against Houston.

 

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This will be his first start versus the Blue jays, but has pitched to a 2.25 ERA in five relief appearances against them.

Getting the call for the Blue Jays on Tuesday will be righty Aaron Sanchez, who lost for the first time in four decisions his last time out. Sanchez fell in Baltimore, as he allowed five runs and seven hits with four walks over 5 2/3 innings. He is 3-3 on the year with a 4.26 ERA.

The Angels have won 12 of their last 16 against the Jays.

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Don’t make these mistakes

Horse betting(bleacherreport.com) – The 2015 Preakness Stakes boasts a relatively small eight-horse field led by Derby champ American Pharoah and top-three finishers Firing Line and Dortmund.  That trio was among the favorites at Churchill Downs, so after following through with the pre-race hype, it’s hard to envision all won’t be near the lead down the stretch at Pimlico Race Course as well.

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But simply betting the top three won’t earn much of a return, so how can savvy bettors exploit the mainstream consensus?  Taking a look at the odds and race information, let’s highlight some horses who don’t look like strong bets at Pimlico as well as the jockeys most likely to keep their horses near the lead and deliver you a return.

2015 Preakness Lineup and Odds
Post Position Horse Odds Trainer Jockey
1 American Pharoah 10-13 Bob Baffert Victor Espinoza
2 Dortmund 15-4 Bob Baffert Martin Garcia
3 Mr. Z 25-1 D. Wayne Lukas Corey Nakatani
4 Danzig Moon 14-1 Mark Casse Julien Leparoux
5 Tale of Verve 50-1 Dallas Stewart Joel Rosario
6 Bodhisattva 50-1 Jose Corrales Trevor McCarthy
7 Divining Rod 20-1 Arnaud Delacour Javier Castellano
8 Firing Line 17-4 Simon Callaghan Gary Stevens

Source: Odds Shark

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Horses to Avoid

Dortmund

Trainer Bob Baffert’s “other” horse was undefeated until his third-place finish at the Run for the Roses, but in drawing the No. 2 post, Dortmund received a tough blow to his front-running strategy.  Given that the Preakness is the shortest Triple Crown race at just 1 3/16 miles (9.5 furlongs), this always represented Dortmund’s likeliest win.

However, it will be extremely difficult for him to break out front so near the rail right next to his stablemate, American Pharoah.

Danzig Moon

The fifth-place finisher at Churchill Downs, Danzig Moon is a popular sleeper pick here at 14-1 odds.  Bettors have zeroed in on Mark Casse’s horse as the clear fourth choice behind the Big Three, making him a popular bet in trifectas.

However, the rationale behind that choice is not entirely clear.  While the fifth-place finish was not bad considering the level of competition, Danzig Moon has yet to show he can be anything besides a secondary runner against top-level three-year-olds.

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