2024 Preakness Stakes predictions, horses, contenders, odds: Expert who nailed

Longshot Mugatu will try to pull off one of the biggest upsets in history when he leaves the starting gate in the 2024 Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. In 148 previous editions of the race, the biggest longshot winner is Master Derby, who was 23-1 when he crossed the finish line in 1975. This year, Mugatu, who is 20-1 in the 2024 Preakness Stakes odds, is expected to leave the starting gate as the biggest longshot in the race. Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan is 5-2 among the 2024 Preakness Stakes horses. Preakness Stakes 2024 favorite Muth, trained by Bob Baffert, was scratched on Wednesday with a fever.

Post time for the second leg of the Triple Crown is 7:01 p.m. ET. With several accomplished horses set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you’ll want to see what Santa Anita Park-based racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any 2024 Preakness Stakes picks, considering the success she’s had picking the Preakness the last two years.

Few people in racing are as well-connected as Yu. An on-air host and reporter who has provided racing analysis for TVG, HRTV and the Breeders’ Cup, Yu has spent a lifetime in racing. Prior to her television career, she worked for trainers Steve Asmussen and Ron Moquett. She also is married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson.

Yu also has tremendous handicapping chops. In a wide-open Kentucky Derby in 2021, she gave out Medina Spirit, who crossed the finish line first, as the winner at 12-1. In Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager two years ago, she suggested a play on All Other 3-Year-Olds, which cashed at a whopping 18-1 when Rich Strike won the Derby.

Last year she crushed the Saudi Cup, riding 15-1 winner Panthalassa. She also smashed the Haskell Stakes for a $663 score, hitting 12-1 winner Geaux Rocket Ride as well as the exacta. Those were just two of her scores in 2023.

She enters this year’s Preakness Stakes on a roll. She correctly called National Treasure to win the Pegasus World Cup. In the last two months, she predicted Stronghold’s upset win in the Santa Anita Derby, en route to a $219.50 payday, and smashed the exacta in the Apple Blossom Handicap as part of a $410 score.

Most importantly, she has had a read on the Preakness the last two years. She hit the exacta in both 2022 (Early Voting over Epicenter) and last year (National Treasure over Blazing Sevens).

For the second leg of the Triple Crown, Yu has handicapped the 2024 Preakness Stakes lineup, made her picks and constructed her best bets. You can head to SportsLine now to see them.

Top 2024 Preakness Stakes predictions

One surprise: Yu is high on the chances of double-digit longshot Just Steel. Already a veteran of the race track with 12 career starts (tied for the most in the field), Just Steel has started virtually once a month since making his debut in June of last year. His best career performance came on March 30, when he finished second to Muth in the Arkansas Derby by just two lengths.

In that race, Just Steel did not aggressively press the pace, a strategy that Yu believes the connections will employ on Saturday. “Just Steel should get a better trip,” Yu told SportsLine. “I will use him underneath again.” You can see all of Yu’s 2024 Preakness Stakes bets here.

How to make 2024 Preakness Stakes picks

Moreover, Yu’s top pick is a longshot who “should get a cozy trip.” She is including this horse in her 2024 Preakness Stakes bets, and so should you. She’s also sharing her shocking prediction for Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan. She’s sharing which 2024 Preakness Stakes horses to back at SportsLine.

So who wins the 2024 Preakness Stakes? Where does Mystik Dan finish? And how has Yu constructed her wagers? Visit SportsLine to see Yu’s picks for the Preakness Stakes, all from the Santa Anita Park-based racing insider who has hit the exacta in the Preakness Stakes the last two years, and find out.

2024 Preakness Stakes odds, contenders

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