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The Preakness Stakes has a couple of aliases.

You can call it the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

You might even dust off the old “Race for the Black-Eyed Susans.”

Yet a proper name these days could be “the Encore in Baltimore.”

The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands is rapidly approaching and closing even quicker on the outside is … Mother Nature?

An already muddled outlook for a highly competitive edition of the Kentucky Derby could soon turn muddy with weather forecasts raising the possibility of storms in the Louisville area that just might create a wet track for Saturday’s $2 million Derby.

The Kentucky Derby is just a week away, and the handicapping is no doubt getting more intense with each passing day.

But as you mull your win or exacta wagers for the May 6 run for the roses, what about those bets you made months ago or back when the new crop of Triple Crown runners were 2-year-olds?

Getting a horse to the Kentucky Derby is a formidable task for any trainer.

Knowing how the best laid plans of mice, men and 3-year-old colts can go awry, putting together a plan to get a young horse through a 2-year-old season and then a demanding prep season is filled with pitfalls.

Now that the Kentucky Derby prep season has come to an end, handicappers can focus on the 20 probable starters and try to decide which one of them will be fortunate enough to win the run for the roses.

That quest for success at the betting windows promises to be as challenging as ever, but there is one somewhat logical way to start.

Bet against the favorite – at least to win.

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