Preakness Trifecta Picks, Advice and Tips

Here are my Preakness Trifecta Picks for this weekend’s race. The current favorite is Bob Baffert’s Authentic, followed by Art Collector and Thousand Words. Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law will not be running.

2020 Preakness Stakes Trifecta Part Wheel Bet

  • 1: Authentic, Thousand Words
  • 2: Authentic, Thousand Words, Art Collector
  • 3: Authentic, Thousand Words, Art Collector, NY Traffic

Total Cost: $8, $1 per combination

2021 Preakness Stakes Futures Odds - All Available Horses
Last Updated October 3, 2020 1:31 pm
Outcomebovada Bovada
1. 9 - Authentic
2. 3 - Art Collector
3. 4 - Swiss Skydiver
4. 5 - Thousand Words
5. 8 - Max Player
6. 2 - Mr. Big News
7. 10 - Pneumatic
8. 7 - Ny Traffic
9. 1 - Excession
10. 6 - Jesus' Team
11. 11 - Liveyourbeastlife

Ways to bet Trifectas

There are 3 ways to bet trifectas. The simplest is the straight trifecta. It’s also difficult to reliably win. Trifecta Boxes and Wheels are two alternatives. You can add more than 3 horses to your bet. This increases the likelihood of winning with a higher upfront investment.

The following video explains how to place a wheel bet. The procedure is the same for exactas and superfectas. Watch the entire video for help with other bets!

  1. Straight Trifecta Bet – Pick 3 horses to finish in the top 3 positions. Final order matters.
  2. Trifecta Box Bet – Pick any number of horses to finish in the top 3 positions. Final order does not matter.
  3. Trifecta Part Wheel Bet – Select horses to key into each position: first, second and third. Final order does matter depending on how you key each horse.

Efficiency Matters

Trifecta Boxes are more likely to win because final order does not matter. A box is less efficient than a wheel because you end up buying more combinations than you need.

Trifecta Part Wheels are harder to win because you must select and key horses correctly. However a part wheel is more efficient than a box. You will invest less bankroll to potentially win more money.

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2020 Preakness Trifecta Picks & Advice

I recommend a 4 horse Trifecta Part Wheel, keying 2 horses in the first position, 3 horses in the second position and 4 horses in the third. Why?

A 4 horse Trifecta Box costs $24, $1 per combination. But a 4 horse Trifecta Part Wheel using my recommendation is only $8, $1 per combination.

You save money because your third horse is excluded from the first key. Also, your fourth horse is excluded from both the first and second keys. Why pay for extra horses in the first key if you don’t think either can win!

You’ll be making a more efficient bet with higher profit potential. And you’ll be way ahead of the novices betting it all on one horse!

How to Key Horses in a Trifecta Part Wheel

Review the above clip from our “How to Bet on Horses” video tutorial. I’ll discuss this wager and each horse below.

Let’s assemble our Trifecta Part Wheel keys from the Preakness Odds table. As of writing, Authentic is the favorite at +150.

2020 Preakness Trifecta Picks - Authentic
2020 Preakness Trifecta Picks – Authentic

Now let’s pick one more horse for the first key. Also add this horse to your 2nd and 3rd keys.

Thousand Words comes east after winning the Shared Belief Stakes on August 1, 2020. Prior to that, he finished second in the G3 Los Alamitos Derby on July 4, 2020.

Next, we’ll add a third horse to our 2nd key. Also put this horse in the 3rd key.

Art Collector comes off series of recent victories, including the Ellis Park Derby and G2 Blue Grass Stakes. Prior to that, he won 3 straight Allowances at Churchill Downs.

Finally we’ll add a 4th and final horse to our 3rd key.

Ny Traffic ended up 8th at the Kentucky Derby. This result may have been an aberration. He’s notched a string of 3 second place finishes from the G1 Haskell Stakes, G3 Matt Winn Stakes and G2 Louisiana Derby. His last win was on January 11, 2020 at a Gulfstream Park Allowance.

2020 Preakness Trifecta Picks

2020 Preakness Stakes Trifecta Part Wheel Bet

  • 1: Authentic, Thousand Words
  • 2: Authentic, Thousand Words, Art Collector
  • 3: Authentic, Thousand Words, Art Collector, NY Traffic

Total Cost: $8, $1 per combination

How to Place a Preakness Trifecta Wheel Bet?

Visit our recommended online race books below. Wait until the field is set and each horse is assigned a starting position. Fill out your Trifecta Wheel ticket with each horse’s corresponding number. Then sit back and get rich!

Tables and Reference

See Also
Online Horse Betting Sites
Win Place Show Betting
USA Race Book Deposit Methods, Preakness Stakes

More Trifecta betting information, cost tables and advice:

  1. Trifecta Wheel Betting – Includes trifecta wheel equation, calculations and cost tables.
  2. Trifecta Box Betting – Discussion of Trifecta Box Bet, cost calculation and tables

References


winningponies.com/help/exotic-wager-calculator.html
horseracingnation.com/horse/Thousand_Words_1
horseracingnation.com/horse/Art_Collector
horseracingnation.com/horse/Ny_traffic
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