We had the winner in Always Dreaming. The horse relaxed and John Velasquez is the best in guiding a horse home. Surprised that he was the favorite, but we'll take it. As we thought, there was no benefit in betting the exacta because I just couldn't find even a few that I wanted to bet along with the winner. So we bet the triples in what we thought was a wide open race. My triples included 13 horses out of twenty, and none of those came either first or second! In any event, the safe bet won, and I profited over $100 with the win bet even though I lost $132 on the triples. Not bad but not great for picking the winner in a twenty horse field.
We were right on just about everything with regard to the energy distribution and last three furlong times. We threw out Irish War Cry as only a 9f horse with a slow Wood Memorial. It looked like he would go by Always Dreaming at the top of the stretch, but flattened out badly. McCraken didn't show anything either even though he was working well at Churchill. Classic Empire had a bad trip, but he wasn't going to beat the winner on this day. Seems like we were right but didn't cash big.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to handicap the Preakness comprehensively. I did take a quick look and don't see anyone beating Always Dreaming with the exception of Classic Empire who deserves another chance. Not sure that there is any value in the race. I do think that Always Dreaming has tactical advantage and hope to see him go for the Triple Crown at Belmont. I do think he is that good against this bunch of three year olds.
Good luck and hope you cashed in the Derby.