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Pimlico - Saturday, May 18, 2019

144th Preakness Stakes:

A field of thirteen is unusually large which should make it a little more interesting for a race that typically favors speed. This is a fairly contentious race and four or five colts can be considered legitimate contenders.

If #4 Improbable, one of my choices in the Derby two weeks ago, lives up to his potential, he will again be one of the public favorites to win at post time.

The Winning at the Track (WATT) speed / pace program has identified #12 Anothertwistafate (6:1) and #4 Improbable (5:2) as the likely pacesetters; and those two, along with #7 Alwaysmining (8:1) as the top three selections among the "Best-4" PM-rated horses in this race.

It's worth noting that it was #1 War of Will (4:1) that was forced out and checked in the final strides of the Derby. So, don't be surprised if he attracts some attention and good money in the pools.

Looking for one or two long shots to play in the exotics? Consider #2 Bourbon War (12:1) (I like his sire, Tapit). Also, #13 Win Win Win (15:1) is speedy and could be in the race if the track is dry and very fast - not to mention his proven ability to run late.

So, I'll stick with the WATT program selections: #4 Improbable to win, along with #7 Alwaysmining to place. #12 Anothertwistafate could hang on for third. If you like trifectas, watch out for a closer.


Among the past thirty-three Preakness Stakes races that I've handicapped with WATT, this ranks as one of the strangest of all. In a field of thirteen, five trainers gave instructions to go out early to be a pacesetter. #1 War of Will, along with #12, Anothertwistafate and #7 Alwaysmining, were no surprise. But #3 Warrior's Charge and #6 Market King were asked to do the same. Mike Smith, first time aboard #4 Improbable (usually with good early speed), decided to hold back. As the race progressed, #1 was well placed and proved in the stretch that his Derby mishap was just a fluke.

At the finish line it was #1 War of Will (6:1) and the totally unpredictable #10 Everfast (25:1). Third was #5 Owndale (7:1).

The 1-10 exacta paid $947 ... and a 1-10-5 trifecta ticket ($2) returned almost $9,400.

So, now, it's on to the Belmont. Thus far, this is proving to be a very, very weird Triple Crown.


Jeff Little, Publisher


Attention: WATT Handicappers

The WATT Wizard is a new feature at the Tout Corner. Periodically, "key horse" possibilities will be posted here. Below are a few e-Reports that explain many handicapping ideas for those who use the WATT program - and for those who don't.

Handicapping Tips from the WATT Wizard

Online Handicapping

In Case You Missed It!

Anticipate Upsets

Wizard Selections

Play the Odds

Handicapping Math

Handicapping Software


WATT Online Handicapping is HERE!

The World's First Web-based Handicapping Program!


Jeff Little, Publisher
Liberty Publishing Company, Inc.

(954) 573-7236

I'm using my iPad and handicapped Santa Anita. I'm in heaven!
And if you were here I'd give you a big kiss! (Publisher's comment - nice, but no thanks).
And a couple of pace line changes made all the difference.
Thank you so much.

P.D., California.



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Handicapping Rules to Consider

1.  Your Key Horse will be among the three highest PM-Rated horses 85-90% of the time.

2.  One of  the two Pacesetters will be in the exacta about 50% of the time

3. Look for "Talent Gaps" among your top three or four.

4.  Question any Key Horse that has not run the "Race Minimum" in its last three races.

5. The first Contender selection is highly reliable using the new interactive program.

6.  Avoid MSW and Maiden Claiming races featuring more than three first-time starters.


Perhaps there should be a rule #7 ... Maintain a positive attitude.   Scared money rarely wins at the race track.  There are many external factors that could influence the way your day unfolds.  One of the best cartoonists of our day, the late Jeff MacNelly, presents one of them here:

In memory of the great Jeff MacNelly


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