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Jeff Siegel Picks For Preakness Stakes 2024: Two ‘Must Use’ Horses For 149th Black-Eyed Susan

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The Jeff Siegel picks for the Preakness Stakes 2024 this Saturday at Pimlico see the well-respected handicapper pinpoint TWO ‘must use’ horses to put in your exacta bets.

Read on as Jeff Siegel highlights where the Pimlico pace is likely to come from, plus his Preakness Stakes 1-2-3-4 picks ahead of the 149th running of the Black-Eyed Susans.

Jeff Siegel Picks For Preakness Stakes 2024: Mystik Dan To Follow-up Derby Win

The Jeff Seigel picks ahead of all the big US races are always hunted out and as the 149th running of the Preakness Stakes looms this Saturday, the respected handicapper has got two horses to have on your Pimlico radars.

Okay, Jeff Siegel admits that had Muth not been scratched from the race he’d have been his big fancy to land the Black-Eyed Susans at the weekend. However, with the Bob Baffert horse now missing due to a high temperature this has made Seigel rethink his Preakness picks.

With Muth on the sidelines this now makes predicting the pace of the race a bit more tricky, but Jeff Siegel feels the speed baton will now be passed over to the other of the Baffert Preakness Stakes horsesImagination.

Siegel feels that under Frankie Dettori this season’s San Felipe Stakes winner can run the race of his life from the front – getting a great trip around the outside from post position 9.

However, even though Siegel expects him to go close to giving Baffert a ninth win in the race, it’s hard to know if that will be good enough to actually win the Preakness.

Mystik Dan “The Best Colt In The Race”

So, with some questions to answer, the Jeff Siegel picks for the Preakness have turned back to the Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan. Who the respected handicapper feels is the best colt in the race and is also the new favorite with the best Preakness Stakes betting sites.

Yes, he has some small concerns over the McPeek horse never winning two races in-a-row and also having had a hard race last time at Churchill Downs. But the absence of Muth making his task easier and the expected off-track likely to suit, he looks the safest call in the race – according to Jeff Siegel.

Siegel believes that despite being draw in 5 there is little pace on the inside of him – Mugatu, Uncle Heavy and Catching Freedom. So can, therefore, grab a good early position in the Preakness without having to use up too much energy.

Jeff Siegel says Mystik Dan and Imagination are his two ‘key horses’ in this year’s Preakness Stakes.

It will then be all systems go towards the Belmont Stakes on June 8 for Mystik Dan. He’ll be bidding to become just the fourteenth horse to win the US Triple Crown.

Tuscan Gold is Seigel’s third choice in the race. Saying he’s a lightly-raced, improving horse that has enough tactical speed to run a big race too.

See the top four Jeff Seigel picks for the Preakness below, with Mystik Dan, Imagination and Tuscan Gold his main exacta box (6 bets).

Jeff Siegel Picks: Preakness Stakes Top Four

  • Imagination
  • Tuscan Gold
  • Catching Freedom

Jeff Siegel Picks: Best Bets

  • $10 Exacta Box: Mystik Dan, Imagination, Tuscan Gold ($60)
  • $5 Exacta Box: Mystik Dan, Imagination, Catching Freedom ($30)
  • $5 Exacta Box: Mystik Dan and Imagination ($10)

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When is the Preakness Stakes 2024?

The 2024 Preakness Stakes will be run on Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico racetrack.

Additionally, we’ve also got the complete Preakness Stakes schedule. Meaning you can plan when all the other races are over the meeting.

📅Time/Date: 7:00pm (ET), Saturday May 18, 2024
🏇Racecourse: Pimlico, Baltimore, Maryland
💰 Purse: $2m
📺 TV: NBC Sports and Peacock
🎲 Preakness Stakes Odds: Mystik Dan +190 | Tuscan Gold +400 | Imagination +400 | Catching Freedom +400

2024 Preakness Stakes Betting Odds

Latest Preakness Stakes odds 2024 that you can use by joining up with the best racebooks in the US.

Horse Odds
Mystik Dan
Tuscan Gold +400
Catching Freedom
Just Steel
Seize The Grey
Uncle Heavy

Note: Others on request and odds subject to change

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