Preakness Stakes Analysis (05/15/15)

By Paul Bessire


Here is our analysis on one of the betting favorites, Firing Line. For free access to the rest of our Preakness Stakes Analysis, please register at Predicteform.com for free!

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#8 Firing Line (4/1)
Gary Stevens, Simon Callaghan

Firing Line ran right back to an 81 final Pace Figure in the Derby, running an impressive second to American Pharoah. Initially a “cause for concern,” those back-to-back 81's look strikingly like a foundation for future success. If in fact his foundation (two or more races around the same final figure) is 81, he is a formidable opponent for American Pharoah, who just did something similar.

The outside post position (#8) in a small field gives Firing Line a tactical advantage if he breaks strong, which is expected. Jockey Gary Stevens rode Oxbow on the lead to win the 2013 Preakness Stakes at odds of over 10-1. This setup could be very similar to the 2013 Preakness with the exception of the potential superstar on the rail.

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