By J.N. Campbell

Preakness Betting Verdict: Pneumatic

By J.N. Campbell
Pneumatic may be a sneaky Preakness play
Pneumatic may be a sneaky Preakness play

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 #10 - Pneumatic.

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 /
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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: 20-1

I think Pneumatic checks all the boxes for me as the “wise guy” horse in this field. To offer a variation on Jeff Bridges’ speech to the press in the movie Seabiscuit, “he doesn’t have a slew of major wins or even recency, nor is he going to be ridden by a top five jockey.” But that doesn’t mean this isn’t a good spot for him. Let’s look at what you do get.

How about Steve Asmussen and Winchell Thoroughbreds? That combination is potent and deserves consideration. How about Jersey Joe Bravo who rode him last out and posted a speed figure at Monmouth that is close to some of these competitors in this spot?

Bravo can ride and is a gamer with a wealth of experience. I would take him over Robby Alvarado any day, not to pour more salt in the McPeek wound. Freshening? Pneumatic has some quality workouts, and I think having run against the likes of Ny Traffic, Max Player, and of course, Tiz the Law in the Belmont Stakes, that offers some back class that should not be overlooked. Yet, it will.

He is precisely the type of horse that can throw a wrench in trifectas and other wagers like Pick 5. Do not count this horse out, that is my advice. Sneaky good at a boxcar price. Asmussen-Winchell-Bravo equals a pay day. I would do a graduated WPS wager across the board. Maybe something like 2 parts, 3 parts, 15 parts, might be just the ticket for a sizable score. Take your bankroll (say $100.00) and divide by 20 (the sum of all the parts). Then wager, $10.00-Win, $15.00-Place, and $75.00-Show. More opportunities to cash one, and say you had it! 

Chance: Caliente, Mas o Menos

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