With that in mind, the studious player looking to find value in an exotic wager such as the trifecta or superfecta isn't completely out of luck. Filling in the third and fourth-placed slots in vertical exotic plays is a far more interesting and logical handicapping proposition than predicting an unlikely upset of the top two who, with the possible exception of 8/1 shot Stradivari, appear to have the field at their mercy. Prices abound among the remaining eight contenders, but how to go about sorting out the group?
Fast early pace opens the door for Cherry Wine late
For starters, this Preakness is loaded with colts who want or need the early lead to be effective. Of course, they won't all get it. Uncle Lino (20/1), Awesome Speed (30/1), Collected (10/1), Laoban (30/1), and Abiding Star (30/1) should all be forwardly-placed early. With the presence of quality speed such as Nyquist and Stradivari also projecting near the lead, the race sets up for a closer. While Exaggerator is the obvious choice, Cherry Wine (20/1) has a live look as the Dale Romans trainee has proven the ability to pass horses. He should be picking off plenty of stragglers late. Cherry Wine has also won in his only attempt over a sloppy track - a condition he will likely see again at Pimlico with 1-2 inches of rain in the Baltimore forecast.
Fellowship could get into the mix in deep stretch
To a lesser degree, Fellowship (30/1) is another colt who can churn on late and pick up the pieces for the third or fourth spot in the exotic bets. Based on these opinions, a starting point for the trifecta could include Nyquist and Exaggerator as interchangeable pieces in all positions with Cherry Wine, Fellowship, and Stradivari filling out the remaning positions.
$2 trifecta part wheel: 3, 5 with 3,5 with 1,10, 11
$1 trifecta part wheel: 3,5 with 1,11 with 3,5
$1 trifecta part wheel: 11 with 3,5 with 3,5
$1 trifecta part wheel: 11 with 3,5 with 1,10
The Grade 2 $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby features the two biggest names from the Triple Crown trail September 24 at Parx as a field of 12 gathers in one of the most intriguing betting races of the year.
The $1 million Cotillion Stakes September 24 at Parx features a true clash of the titans as the six-horse field is headlined by the undefeated, five-time grade 1 winner Songbird who figures to face the most stern challenge of her career.
In a completely wide open renewal of the Presque Isle Mile September 18 at Presque Isle Downs, 13 runners including the also-eligible will contest the eight furlong trip over synthetic footing.
Champion Songbird is set to make her much-anticipated return to the races in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on Saturday. The Grade 2 event will be run at a mile and a sixteenth and has attracted a field of seven.