Always Dreaming: Odds to Win the Triple Crown

With Preakness Stakes 2017 still just over a week away, is it too early to assess the&13;
chances of Always Dreaming&13;
winning the Triple Crown? Considering there’s already respectable odds out there for the possibility,&13;
apparently not.

 

The Kentucky Derby winner is already favored in the Preakness on&13;
Saturday, May 20. Early odds have the Todd Pletcher trainee as the 6-5 favorite over Classic&13;
Empire, Lookin At Lee, and Gunnevera. Vegas Insider and Odds Shark have Always&13;
Dreaming at even money, while BookMaker and Bovada list him as the odds on&13;
favorite, at -123 and 10-11 respectively.

 

When American Pharoah won the 2015 Triple Crown, he was the first horse&13;
to do so in 37 years. People who saw Affirmed win the 1978 Triple Crown thought&13;
they may never see another one on their lifetime, and younger racing fans&13;
wondered if they would ever get the thrilling experience. As exciting as&13;
American Pharoah was, the 2016 Triple Crown campaign seemed lackluster in&13;
comparison, with a different horse winning each leg. It was a humble reminder&13;
as to how hard a Triple Crown sweep really is.

 

Even with that reminder, Always Dreaming doesn’t have impossible odds&13;
for the accomplishment. BookMaker has the Derby winner at +335 to win the&13;
Triple Crown, William Hill US is slightly lower at +325, both of which mean you need to bet $100 to win the respective number. Bovada seems to agree,&13;
listing Always Dreaming at 3-1 to complete the sweep.

After a five-length romping victory in the Florida Derby, Always&13;
Dreaming proved it wasn’t a one-time performance with a 2 ¾-length win in the&13;
Kentucky Derby. Jockey John Velazquez put the colt in a great position in the&13;
20 horse field and the colt handled the slop with ease. There were questions if&13;
the colt would handle the traffic, if he would be too fractious with the crowd,&13;
and if he would run his race after all the rain the track received. All those questions were answered&13;
loud and clear.

 

If Always Dreaming does what is expected of him in the Preakness, he&13;
will likely be the Belmont Stakes favorite, and his chances of becoming the 13th&13;
Triple Crown winner will become even more favorable.

 

By Christine Oser