Honor among Preakness bettors

Updated: May 21, 2009, 1:35 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

This Preakness feels like a harder race to figure and bet than was the Derby, for two good reasons.

1. The Derby was a washout, a throw-out, a video game. Nothing was learned, except who runs best in a crowd that is all wet. You knew a lucky number would be in the mix somewhere, and it won. At least at the Derby, the second through fifth finishers figured some.

2. Even though a person might not want to bet on Rachel Alexandra, you wouldn't mind seeing her win by seven; record handle, ...

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