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Handicapping Tomorrow's "Preakness Stakes"

First off, obligatory:

Next off, let's make some money. We got the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown coming up this weekend. Unfortunately, there won't be a Triple Crown winner in 2022 the year of Our Lord, as Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike is sitting out The Preakness.  That's just fine though - there is still plenty of $$$ to be made tomorrow (and tonight if you're getting frisky) 

And that's what we're gonna do. Most people know by now that Chief and I own a small slice of a few horses in the racing group "Crowns Way Racing". One of them, Smoking' Jay, is on tomorrow's 'undercard' Jim McCay Turf Sprint. We'll get to Jay in a moment. First, let's break down Tony, Crown's Ways CEO's, picks for tomorrow's race day. Toss them a follow on Twitter:

Saturday Races with Tony's Picks:

We're gonna start a few races into Saturday's card:

Race 4

#7 Jaxon Traveler 3-1

Race 5

#6 Karakatsie 12-1

Race 7

#6 Cilla 7-2

Race 8

#1 Tango Tango Tango 10-1

Race 9

#7 Whelen Springs 4-1

Race 10

#10 Joe 3-1

Race 11

#5 B Dawk at 5-2, but also use 1,4,8 in to Doubles with Smokin' Jay

Race 12 Jim McCay Turf Sprint


Crown's Way's "crown jewel" Smokin' Jay returns to the track with a stiff test in this 5 furlong turf sprint. The favorite here is the #2 Carotari who was last seen winning the Janus Stakes on New Years Eve. Jay finished 3rd in that spot, beaten 1 and 3/4 lengths. The 4th place finisher in The Janus Yes I Am Free flattered that race as he came back to win 2 stakes while Jay and Carotari got winter breaks. We are hoping to see other speed horses like the 7-9-10 soften up Carotari on the front end and set up Jay's big closing kick.

The Pick - #6 Smokin Jay 6-1 (obviously) 

I will be playing him in exactas with #1 Bank, #2 Carotari and #3 Seven Scents and doubling to #8 Epicenter in the Preakness.

Race 13 "The Preakness"

The Preakness has lost a little luster with Rich Strike's team choosing to pass the Preakness in favor of going directly to the Belmont. I was really hoping between him and the Oaks winner Secret Oath there would be enough sentimental money bet to give us Epicenter at 5-2. We still got Secret Oath in here taking on the boys but Epicenter is sitting at 6-5 on the morning line. I believed Epicenter was the most likely Derby winner going in to Louisville, I believe he ran the best race at Churchill, I believe hes this Preakness is him and then everyone else. Anything price over even money "+100" is a gift.

The Pick #8 Epicenter 6-5
I will be playing him on top of #1 Simplification, #2 Creative Minister and #6 Happy Jack in exacta and trifectas.

Let's make some money!!!!

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