Preakness Trifecta Picks, Advice and Tips

Here are my Preakness Trifecta Picks for this weekend’s race. The current favorite is Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit at +150. Legendary trainer Bob Baffert notched his 7th Kentucky Derby win despite controversy over Medina Spirit’s positive steroid test. Original Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality will skip the Preakness and run the Belmont Stakes instead.

2021 Preakness Stakes Trifecta Part Wheel Bet

  • 1: Concert Tour, Medina Spirit
  • 2: Concert Tour, Medina Spirit, Midnight Bourbon
  • 3: Concert Tour, Medina Spirit, Midnight Bourbon, Rombauer

Total Cost: $8, $1 per combination

2021 Preakness Stakes Futures Odds - All Available Horses
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1. 3. Medina Spirit
2. 10. Concert Tour
3. 5. Midnight Bourbon
4. 4. Crowded Trade
5. 9. Risk Taking
6. 2. Keepmeinmind
7. 6. Rombauer
8. 8. Unbridled Honor
9. 7. France Go De Ina
10. 1. Ram

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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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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, Concert Tour’s odds are +250. Put him in all 3 keys.

Concert Tour comes east after finishing third in the G3 Arkansas Derby on April 10, 2021. Previously, he won the G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 13, 2021.

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

As of writing, Bob Baffert’s Medina Spirit is the favorite. He’s currently +150. That means you win $150 if you bet $100 straight up.

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

Midnight Bourbon finished 6th at the Kentucky Derby. He was second at the G2 Louisiana Derby on March 20, 2021 and third at the G2 Risen Star Stakes on February 13, 2021.

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

Rombauer last raced at the G2 Blue Grass Stakes on April 3, 2021, where he finished 3rd to Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality. He also won the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on February 13, 2021.

MSW Abbreviation: MSW means “Maiden Special Weight”. It’s an event reserved for horses who have never won a race.
MCL Abbreviation: MCL means “Maiden Claiming Weight”. It’s an event reserved for horses who have never won a race. Unlike the MSW, trainers may claim a horse for a fixed price.

2021 Preakness Trifecta Picks

2021 Preakness Stakes Trifecta Part Wheel Bet

  • 1: Concert Tour, Medina Spirit
  • 2: Concert Tour, Medina Spirit, Midnight Bourbon
  • 3: Concert Tour, Medina Spirit, Midnight Bourbon, Rombauer

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!

Preakness Required Reading

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


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