There might be a lot of reasons for a horse to finish last in a major race. He could just give up, or be pulled up by his jockey, or eased if there is no chance to catch up to the pack. The worst horse doesn't always necessarily finish last. But really, what criteria are you going to go by?
Perhaps there is a unique opportunity in the Preakness Stakes, where you can place a wager on a lot of props, including which of the horses will be bringing up the rear.
Let's look at the odds on each of the contestants, as they are posted at BetOnline:
1 Ram +375
7 France Go de Ina +425
8 Unbridled Honor +500
2 Keepmeinmind +600
6 Rombauer +675
4 Crowded Trade +850
9 Risk Taking +850
5 Midnight Bourbon +1600
10 Concert Tour +2000
3 Medina Spirit +2000
Of course, Medina Spirit and Concert Tour, the two horses trained by Bob Baffert, who will be on the lead and are expected by many to stay there, are the "longshots" in this particular proposition.
But let's focus on the top choices.
You could go with FRANCE GO DE INA (+425), shipping from Japan, who has never raced in the United States before and might be aiming more toward the Belmont than this race. This is a big step up in competition, even after running in the UAE Derby.
Or you might want to consider UNBRIDLED HONOR (+500), who hasn't even accumulated $80,000 in winnings. At least this horse has a second-place finish in a Grade 3 event, and has Todd Pletcher as his trainer.
KEEPMEINMIND (+600) seems to be going backwards. He was a star as a two-year-old, coming third in the Breeders Cup Juvenile and winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. But the balloon has busted as a three-year-old, with three finishes out of the money.
RAM (+375 at BetOnline) may be our ticket here. He is the son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, but otherwise he is deliciously devoid of credentials. For example, it took seven unsuccessful attempts before he broke maiden. In only one of those races did he finish higher than fifth. I mean, we're talking about losses by distances of 19 and 23 lengths.
Yes, he did break through with two wins in a row, but those were a maiden claiming race and an allowance.
Ram has never run in a stakes race.
So why has he been entered in the Preakness? Well, he DOES have a trainer who is one of the most successful in history. D.Wayne Lukas has won the Preakness on six different occasions, the last of which was in 2013. But he's 85 years old, and this seems like something that is a little out of left field.
Nonetheless, he's got a rationale.
He has compared his horse to Oxbow, his last Preakness winner, in that he is "getting good at the right time."
Bill Mack and Christine Baker are the owners. They also owned Proud Citizen, which finished as the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and then turned around to place third in the Preakness back in 2002.
Christine's father raced thorougbreds under Lukas' care. With memories in mind, part of her motivation is that, as she told the Daily Racing Form, she “is kind of emotional about coming here and being part of all this again.”
So sentimentality is the "driver" when all is said and done. But we're not too sentimental about it. So we'll "win, win, win" by getting Ram-tough. Or weak, as it were.
Enter the $10,000 Preakness Stakes Matchups Contest and win a piece of the $10K prize. Just hit the head-to-head matchups and you're all the way home!...... And don't forget there are a host of props available in the BetOnline sportsbook, and of course dynamic action in the racebook...... You need to bet at least $10 in real-money wagers on the Preakness, so open an account using every conceivable payment method, including Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies!