A Cat’s Picks for the 2017 Preakness

By Adele

Since Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is running in the Preakness for his second jewel of the Triple Crown today (5 p.m. ET, NBC), this kitty would never pee on his parade and wish him not to win. He’s starting in post position 4 with jockey John Velazquez, and he’s the humans’ favorite with odds of 4-5.

The next horse I’ll be watching is one of my Derby picks, Gunnevera (odds 15-1, pp 6). Nobody’s talking about him as a serious contender, so he could be plotting to take the lead like a ninja and stun everybody. He’s had a jockey switch, and will under Mike Smith this time. His jockey in the Derby, Javier Castellano, will be aboard Cloud Computing in pp 2.

We haven’t spoken, but I would think Gunnevera is pleased with this development, since Castellano helped him come in 7th in the Derby.

My third pick is Classic Empire (odds 3-1, pp 5) with jockey Julien Leparoux. He was the humans’ favorite in the Derby, but finished 4th. I think he deserves a little glory this time for sticking with it.

Only 10 horses are racing, so the field won’t be too crowded. The weather at Pimlico is supposed to be cool, in the 60s, and cloudy, with no rain and a dry track. Basically, perfect conditions for the horses.

It so happens that my horses will be side by side in the middle of the pack in post positions 4, 5, and 6. The last horse who won from Always Dreaming’s 4 slot was Curlin in 2007.

As always, may the best horse win and may they all cross the finish line safely.

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2 Responses to A Cat’s Picks for the 2017 Preakness

  1. Bacardi1 says:

    And once again we prove that it would definitely NOT be prudent to quit our day jobs to become racetrack touts – lol!

    Bet a box of “Always Dreaming” & “Classic Empire”, along with a separate bet for “Conquest Mo Money”. We might as well have just put our dollars through the paper shredder.

    Ah well – just one more race to go & then we can retire our mini gambling habit for another year.

  2. catsworking says:

    Bacardi, you said a mouthful. I really flamed out on my picks. I bet Gunnevera was pissed when he saw his former jockey traipse by him by on Cloud Computing and WIN! Talk about a stab in the back.

    Oh, well, no Triple Crown winner this year.

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