Charlie Cooper’s 138th Preakness Stakes picks


Here are handicapper Charlie Cooper’s picks for the 138th Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 18, at Pimlico.

Best Bet: Race12 Orb

Best Long Shot: Race 11 Doubles Partner

Race 1: 6-1-3-7 Race 2: 9-5-7-3 Race 3: 13-4-5-8

Race 4: 6-8-4-3 Race 5: 9-8-11-12 Race 13: 8-3-1-2

No. Horse; Jockey; Comment; Odds

Race 6: 6 Furlongs; CHICK LANG STAKES; Purse $100,000; 3 YO

7 City of Weston; Castellano; Will love pace scenario; 6-1

2 Zee Bros; Garcia; The one to catch?; 2-1

9 Undrafted; Rosario; Back to better distance; 3-1

3 Bobcat Jim; Albarado; Must rate for shot at victory; 6-1

6 Brave Dave; Velazquez; 12-1

8 Clawback; Napravnik; 6-1

1 Tour Guide; Smith; 20-1

5 Perilous Indian; Boyce; 20-1

4 Res Judicata; Bisono; 10-1

Race 7: 1 Mi Turf; JAMES W MURPHY STAKES; Purse $100,000; 3 YO

6 Shining Copper; Castellano; Up in time; 8-1

1 Notacatbutallama; Velazquez; Back on turf; 9-5

8 Special Skills; Unknown; Speedster will keep them honest; 12-1

10 Redwood Kitten; Rosario; Has n missed a check; 5-1

9 China Holiday; Serpa; 8-1

11 English Minister; Garcia; 10-1

2 Red Wings; Stevens; 10-1

4 Heat Press; Prado; 6-1

5 Honour the Vow; Acosta; 20-1

7 Yougotthatgoinforu; Flores; 20-1

3 Wry Me; Rose; 20-1

Race 8: 1 1/16 Mi; ALLAIRE DUPONT DISTAFF; Purse $150,000; Fillies & Mares; 3 YO & Up

7 Brushed by a Star; Rosario; Off the board once this distance; 2-1

6 Summer Applause; Velazquez; On the improve; 9-5

5 Sea Island; Castellano; Needed last, dangerous today; 6-1

2 Withgreatpleasure; Unknown; Grade two winner last out; 10-1

3 Moon Philly; Rose; 7-2

4 Daydreamin Gracie; Cruise; 15-1

1 Access to Charlie; Pimentel; 20-1

Race 9: 1 1/16 Mi Turf; GALLORETTE HANDICAP; Purse $150,000; Fillies & Mares; 3 YO & Up

4 Samitar; Castellano; No excuses today; 5-2

1 Hard Not to Like; Velazquez; Has won 50% of turf starts; 10-1

3 Pianist; Smith; Won both freshening starts; 4-1

5 Old Tune; Rosario; Better than last; 4-1

10 Appealing Cat; Prado; 10-1

9 Silver Screamer; Unknown; 8-1

7 Charged Cotton; Garcia; 12-1

8 Idle Talk; Karamanos 20-1

6 Embarr; Boyce; 8-1

2 Daydreamin Gracie; Cruise; 20-1

Race 10: 6 Furlongs; MARYLAND SPRINT HANDICAP; Purse $150,000; 3 YO & Up

7 Candyman; Bravo; 6 of 7 career wins this distance; 6-1

10 Sage Valley; Velazquez; Speed of the speed?; 5-2

8 Laurie’s Rocket; Rosario; Switches to more patient rider; 6-1

5 Immortal Eyes; Russell; Stakes horse gets break in weight; 12-1

6 Poseidon’s Warrior; Bisono; 10-1

1 Action Andy; Karamanos; 6-1

4 Hardened Wildcat; Castellano; 4-1

3 Manito; Ortiz; 10-1

2 Broad Rule; Boyce; 15-1

9 Warrioroftheroses; Dunkelberger; 20-1

Race 11: 1 1/8 Mi Turf; DIXIE STAKES; Purse $300,000; 3 YO & Up

5 Doubles Partner; Leparoux; Smokes them late; 6-1

7 Howe Great; Garcia; Can put wins together; 12-1

9 Swift Warrior; Napravnik; Closer goes for third win in a row; 4-1

2 Optimizer; Rosario; Second to top horse; 7-2

1 Willcox Inn; Graham; 6-1

4 Imagining; Castellano; 5-1

11 Hunble and Hungry; Smith; 20-1

12 Two Months Rent; Serpa; 15-1

13 Forte Dei Marmi; Velazquez; 15-1

10 Skyring; Stevens; 12-1

3 Utley; Prado; 20-1

8 See Tobe; Pimentel; 20-1

6 Thunder Lord; Marquez; 30-1

Race 12: 1 3/16 Mi; PREAKNESS STAKES; Purse $1,000,000; 3 YO

1 Orb; Rosario; Looks unbeatable; 1-1

5 Mylute; Napravnik; Moved sharply after early trouble in Ky.; 5-1

7 Will Take Charge; Smith; Was rolling till Velazquez cut him off; 12-1

4 Departing; Hernandez; Has speed to sit good trip; 6-1

8 Govenor Charlie; Garcia; Baffert almost always has them ready; 12-1

6 Oxbow; Stevens; Moved prematurely in Kentucky Derby?; 15-1

9 Itsmyluckyday; Velazquez; Top Florida trainer switches riders; 10-1

2 Goldencents; Krigger; Slop could excuse last; 8-1

3 Titletown Five; Leparoux; Will be rabbit for stable mates; 30-1