20 May 2016
2016 Preakness Stakes Picks
WIN - Nyquist (3/5)
For what it's worth, these odds are so low (and likely to go even lower) so I would not advise to actually bet on this horse. That said, this seems like an easy pick. First off, he looked so impressive in the Derby that he's hard to ignore. Second, it looks like we will have some rain in Baltimore on Saturday and Nyquist has run and run well on a wet surface before.
PLACE - Exagerrator (3/1)
Another relatively easy pick for a strong finish has to be the Derby runner-up. He may not have enough speed to outlast Nyquist but given his success in rainy conditions before, save for the San Felipe Stakes, he should be in for a strong run on Saturday. It would take a whale of an effort for him to take out Nyquist, barring something crazy.
SHOW - Lani (30/1)
If you're looking to get a little crazy and take a chance on a longer shot, Lani may be your best bet. I wouldn't put a great deal of stock in the fact that he struggled when he ran in the rain in Japan considering that he hadn't raced in months. Lani didn't look terrible in the Derby and as he races in America once again, he could get in the mix.