Picking the Preakness

Some will proclaim that this is not a betting race.

All races are betting races if you have the winner. As is the case with the stock market, some winners pay less.

The Preakness is traditionally a chalk-fest, with favorites winning 51 percent of the time.

The reason I don't play many favorites is because you have to celebrate with so many crass characters.

The trendy choice seems already to be Curlin, though he might be slightly confused while wondering: Where are all those slow horses from Arkansas?

Of interest right up there with the business of betting is the Triple Crown angle formed by Street Sense and jockey Calvin Borel. Borel has taken saving ground to a new level; forget ground, he saves dirt clods.

There is much more than a ton of speed to set up the stalkers, good weather is forecast: Who could ask for too much more?

My 2$ wagers:

A favorite's tri: Street Sense over Circular Quay and Hard Spun and Curlin, over those three again.

Exactas: Circular Quay and Hard Spun over Street Sense.

Straight up: 1. Circular Quay. 2. Street Sense. 3. Hard Spun. 4. Curlin.

Write to Jay at jaycronley@yahoo.com.