The big favorites

May 20, 2000

An odds-on favorite is one that's less than even money. Going back to 1890, the first year the Preakness race charts list each horse's odds, here are the odds-on favorites and how they fared.

Year Horse Odds to dollar Fin. Winner

1989 Easy Goer .60 2nd Sunday Silence

1984 Swale .80 7th Gate Dancer

1982 Linkage .50 2nd Aloma's Ruler

1979 Spectacular

Bid. .10 1st Spectacular Bid

1978 Affirmed .50 1st Affirmed

1977 Seattle Slew .40 1st Seattle Slew

1976 Honest

Pleasure .90 5th Elocutionist

1973 Secretariat .30 1st Secretariat

1972 Riva Ridge .30 4th Bee Bee Bee

1969 Majestic Prince.60 1st Majestic Prince

1964 Hill Rise .80 3rd Northern Dancer

1956 Needles .60 2nd Fabius

1955 Nashua .30 1st Nashua

1954 Correlation .90 2nd Hasty Road

1953 Native Dancer .20 1st Native Dancer

1950 Hill Prince .70 1st Hill Prince

1948 Citation .10 1st Citation

1943 Count Fleet .15 1st Count Fleet

1940 Bimelech .90 1st Bimelech

1939 Gilded Knight .45 2nd Challedon

1937 War Admiral .35 1st War Admiral

1935 Omaha .95 1st Omaha

1934 High Quest .45 1st High Quest

1920 Man o' War .80 1st Man o' War

1918 Jack Hare Jr. .90 1st Jack Hare Jr.

Note: In 1918 Jack Hare Jr. and War Cloud finished in a dead heat.

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