05/18/2016 4:54PM

Mike Welsch's Preakness analysis


As was the case with the Kentucky Derby, take the parimutuel element out of play, and it’s almost impossible to look past NYQUIST as the most likely winner once again Saturday. The undefeated juvenile champion has done nothing wrong to this point and has been brilliantly managed during his 3-year-old campaign, with the thought of having plenty left in the tank for another big effort in Baltimore and, should all go as expected Saturday, three weeks down the road in the Belmont. But since they will allow wagering on the Preakness, it’s hard to settle on 3-5 or perhaps even less on Nyquist, just as it was hard to take 2-1 in the 20-horse Derby field.