By J.N. Campbell

Preakness Betting Verdict: Excession

By J.N. Campbell
Excession isn't expected to hit the board in Preakness 145
Excession isn't expected to hit the board in Preakness 145

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Our new staff writer J.N. Campbell has been busy putting together his thoughts for each of the 11 runners for Preakness 145. Our racecard is embedded below where you can join any of our betting partners and underneath you'll find his thoughts on the horses bolting from Gate #1 - Excession.

Preakness Stakes Racecard

9
PP 9

Authentic

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Velazquez /
  • Trainer: B. Baffert /
Morning Line Odds
3
PP 3

Art Collector

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: B. Hernandez Jr. /
  • Trainer: T. Drury Jr. /
Morning Line Odds
4
PP 4

Swiss Skydiver

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: R. Albarado /
  • Trainer: K. McPeek /
Morning Line Odds
5
PP 5

Thousand Words

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: F. Geroux /
  • Trainer: B. Baffert /
Morning Line Odds
2
PP 2

Mr. Big News

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: G. Saez /
  • Trainer: W. Calhoun /
Morning Line Odds
7
PP 7

Ny Traffic

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: H. Karamanos /
  • Trainer: S. Joseph Jr. /
Morning Line Odds
8
PP 8

Max Player

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: P. Lopez /
  • Trainer: S. Asmussen /
Morning Line Odds
10
PP 10

Pneumatic

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Bravo /
  • Trainer: S. Asmussen /
Morning Line Odds
1
PP 1

Excession

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: S. Russell /
  • Trainer: S. Asmussen /
Morning Line Odds
11
PP 11

Liveyourbeastlife

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: T. McCarthy /
  • Trainer: J. Abreu /
Morning Line Odds
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My Rating Scale:

  • Muy Caliente (For the Win…)
  • Sneaker Award (Shot to Upset or Chance to Hit the Board)
  • Snowball in Hell (Not Much of a Chance)

Morning Line Odds: 30-1

One of three Steve Asmussen horses in the Preakness, this son of 2012 Belmont Stakes winner, Union Rags, will probably be one of the longer shots on the board. “Rags” offspring have been a hot commodity these past couple of years, and Excession (bought for 150k) is the current money-leader of the bunch.

The monumental concern for this horse is the six-month layoff since he last ran in the Rebel at Oaklawn back in March. A second-place finish under Tyler Baze was impressive at 83-1. Running against Baffert’s ill-fated Nadal in that race, and previously in three races (including the split Risen Star) at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, I suppose constitutes some back class.

I am not sure what the excuse is for the long layoff, other than a possible injury or just the fact that plans were redirected. Or the other factor is that is, the Preakness, and why not take a shot to run around the track at Pimlico if you can get in? No doubt this is a major test, and even though Asmussen has local rider Sheldon Russell aboard, gets his horses ready to run and ship, just went over 9,000 career wins, and netted yet another training title at Churchill, I think this is just too much to ask. Out of his depth, comes to mind.

One aspect that is gratifying to see, is the ownership angle here, Calumet Farm. This historic powerhouse outfit was once the toast of early twentieth century racing before falling into mismanagement and utter destruction. Now, with a new era of management, they are attempting to return to their former glory. Wish them well!

Chance: Snowball in Hell

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