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Preakness Stakes 2024 predictions, picks, odds, horses, time: Best bets from expert who hit last year’s winner

Seize the Grey will run in the 2024 Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Seize the Grey will seek his second straight victory after winning the Pat Day Mile on the Kentucky Derby undercard two weeks ago. It was the third win in nine career starts for Seize the Grey, who is 15-1 in the 2024 Preakness Stakes odds. Mystik Dan is 5-2 in the 2024 Preakness Stakes odds following the scratch of Muth on Wednesday due to a fever. Muth was the Preakness 2024 favorite at 8-5. Catching Freedom and Imagination are 6-1, while Tuscan Gold rounds out the top four in the eight-horse 2024 Preakness Stakes field at 8-1. 

Post time for the second leg of the Triple Crown is 7:01 p.m. ET. With an accomplished field set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you’ll want to see what SportsLine writer Gene Menez has to say before making any Preakness Stakes picks or horse racing predictions, given the success he had in last year’s race.

A former reporter and editor at Sports Illustrated, Menez covered an array of sports, including horse racing, for the magazine and its website for almost 14 years. Between 2010 and 2012, he served as SI’s handicapper for the Triple Crown races and correctly predicted Super Saver to win the Kentucky Derby in 2010.

In 2015, while writing for Sports on Earth, Menez accurately gave out the Kentucky Derby superfecta (American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund and Frosted), which paid $1,268.20 for $2. Then in 2017, he tweeted out his Kentucky Derby picks, including Always Dreaming to win, and hit the Pick 4, which paid almost $6,900 on a $1 bet.

In a span of seven races last year for SportsLine, he cashed the winner of the Lecomte Stakes, the exacta in the Southwest Stakes, the winner of the Holy Bull Stakes, the winner of the Sam F. Davis Stakes, and the trifecta in the Jenny Wiley Stakes. Most importantly, he correctly called National Treasure to win last year’s Preakness.

For Saturday, Menez has handicapped the 2024 Preakness Stakes field, made his picks and constructed his best bets. You can head to SportsLine now to see them.

Top 2024 Preakness Stakes predictions

One surprise: Menez is completely tossing Mystik Dan, even though he is the Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness 2024 favorite. The colt will benefit from not having to compete against Muth, who has won four of his six career starts, was second in the other two races and finished 6 ¼ lengths ahead of Mystik Dan while winning the Arkansas Derby on March 30. Now, he has a chance to become the ninth horse since 2000 to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

One factor not in Mystik Dan’s favor is the timing of the race. The only other time in his career that he had just two weeks between starts occurred in November, when he recorded his first win but followed with a disappointing fifth-place finish on short rest. “To me, this is a red flag,” Menez told SportsLine. Menez will not be using Mystik Dan in any of his wagers. You can see all of Menez’s 2024 Preakness Stakes bets here.

How to make 2024 Preakness Stakes picks

Moreover, Menez’s top pick is a horse who is “set up to run a career-best race.” He also is high on a double-digit longshot who should “come running late.” He is including these horses in his wagers, and so should you. He’s sharing which horses to back at SportsLine.

So who wins Preakness Stakes 149? What double-digit longshot has a big chance, and how has Menez constructed his wagers? Visit SportsLine to see Menez’s picks for the Preakness Stakes, all from the expert who nailed last year’s winner, and find out. 

2024 Preakness Stakes odds, contenders, post positions

Prg # Horse Odds Projection
1 Mugatu 20-1 SEE PICKS
2 Uncle Heavy 20-1 SEE PICKS
3 Catching Freedom 6-1 SEE PICKS
4 Muth SCR SEE PICKS
5 Mystik Dan 5-2 SEE PICKS
6 Seize the Grey 15-1 SEE PICKS
7 Just Steel 15-1 SEE PICKS
8 Tuscan Gold 8-1 SEE PICKS
9 Imagination 6-1 SEE PICKS

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