Kentucky Derby winner Mage will try to win the second leg of the Triple Crown when he leaves the starting gate in the 2023 Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Mage rallied from near the back of the pack to win the Kentucky Derby at 15-1 odds. On Saturday, he is the 8-5 favorite in the 2023 Preakness Stakes odds. National Treasure (4-1), Blazing Sevens (6-1) and Red Route One (10-1) round out the top three 2023 Preakness Stakes contenders. Post time is 7:01 p.m. ET.
With several new horses taking their shot at the Kentucky Derby winner, you'll want to see what SportsLine writer Gene Menez has to say before making any Preakness Stakes picks considering his mastery of this year's prep races. Join SportsLine here to get his full Preakness Stakes picks and start winning!
A former reporter and editor at Sports Illustrated, Menez covered an array of sports, including horse racing, for the magazine and its website for almost 14 years. Between 2010 and 2012, he served as SI's handicapper for the Triple Crown races and correctly predicted Super Saver to win the Kentucky Derby in 2010.
In 2015, while writing for Sports on Earth, Menez accurately gave out the Kentucky Derby superfecta, which paid $1,268.20. Then in 2017, he tweeted out his Kentucky Derby picks, including Always Dreaming to win, and hit the Pick 4, which paid almost $6,900. Join SportsLine right here to see his 2023 Preakness Stakes picks!
Earlier this year, in a span of seven races, he cashed the winner of the Lecomte Stakes, the exacta in the Southwest Stakes, the winner of the Holy Bull Stakes, the winner of the Sam F. Davis Stakes, the place horse of the Rebel Stakes and the trifecta in the Jenny Wiley Stakes. Anyone who has followed him is WAY UP!
Now, Menez has handicapped the 2023 Preakness Stakes field, made his picks and formulated his bets. Join SportsLine here to see them!
We can tell you that Menez's top pick is not Mage, even though he is the Kentucky Derby winner and 8-5 Preakness favorite. "I would not be surprised if the two-week turnaround ends up being too demanding for him," Menez told SportsLine. Menez is using Mage only sparingly in his 2023 Preakness Stakes bets.
Instead, Menez's top pick is a horse who's "sitting on a big race." He is also high on another horse who "has a big chance" to come through for his backers at Pimlico! He is including these horses in his bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY NEED to see which horses they are before making any 2023 Preakness Stakes picks of your own!
So who wins the 2023 Preakness Stakes? Which horse is a MUST-BACK? And how has Menez constructed his wagers? ... Join SportsLine now to get the top 2023 Preakness Stakes picks and bets, all from the expert who nailed six races in a seven-race stretch!
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