Early Preakness odds: Favorite is not so obvious

Early Preakness odds: Favorite is not so obvious
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While domestic sites wait until Monday’s draw to post their odds for the Preakness Stakes, at least one foreign sportsbook has opened futures for the May 15 race. And no, a Bob Baffert-trained horse was not the early favorite.

Before trainer Brad Cox declared Tuesday he would not be race at Pimlico, Essential Quality was the 5-2 top choice at the Panama-based site BetOnline.ag.

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Medina Spirit, the upset winner in the Derby, is 9-2, followed by stablemate Concert Tour at 7-1. Baffert said Monday that he intends to send them both to Baltimore.

Also trained by Cox, Derby runner-up Mandaloun is 7-1 and Caddo River is 10-1.

BetOnline lists 12 probable or possible Preakness starters in its odds, which are action the moment a bet is placed, regardless of whether a horse actually takes part in the race.

Following were the early odds that BetOnline had posted for the Preakness:

  5-2 Essential Quality

  9-2 Medina Spirit

  7-1 Concert Tour

  7-1 Mandaloun

10-1 Caddo River

16-1 Crowded Trade

16-1 Midnight Bourbon

16-1 Ram

18-1 King Fury

20-1 France Go de Ina

20-1 Rombauer

20-1 Unbridled Honor

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