Just wanted to pass along a quick note about Saturday's 137th running of the Preakness Stakes in Maryland. This second leg of the Triple Crown is a shorter, more speed-oriented race than the Kentucky Derby. It also has a small field this year, and the favorites look more likely to dominate the top places.
In our 2012 Kentucky Derby article, we did pretty well in our handicapping analysis. I had Bodemeister and I'll Have Another both in my top three, and they finished second and first, respectively. I also had Dullahan as one of two wildcards, and he finished third. My top pick, Creative Cause, finished fifth, just out of the money spots.
Also, Moby Waller in the same article had Dullahan and I'll Have Another in his top four, as well as longshot Went The Day Well in his wildcards, who finished fourth (fourth-place finish is part of Superfecta betting).
For the Preakness, I view it as a likely three-horse race, not a lot of upsets here. I have:
I'll Have Another (#9, 5-2) on top over
Bodemeister (#7, 8-5) with
Creative Cause (#6, 6-1) as the wildcard to finish anywhere in top three.
My hypothetical wagers, for entertainment purposes only of course:
$20 Win � I'll Have Another (#9) $20 Win � Creative Cause (#6) $10 Exacta Box � I'll Have Another, Bodemeister, Creative Cause (#9, #7, #6)
No point in trading for Cousins, there's almost no chance he succeeds. 0 WRs and TEs to throw it to, so it would just be a waste of his prime years. If Shanahan reealllly wants him, wait until next year since he seems to have a rift with the Redskins. Besides, next year's quarterback class is much better if they fail to sign Cousins in FA.
I don't agree on a lot. They have so many cuts on the OL you didn't mention including Dunlap and Franklin which will save them 12+ million. Stuckey is not worth 3 million. They can make on very solid move or a couple with draft help to protect Phillip. Cruz could be an interesting pair with Allen if he can return to prior form though.