Preakness Stakes 2024: Mugatu Horse Racing Profile

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Written By Brett Gibbons | Last Updated
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Mugatu is an experienced horse and one of the most well-run in the 2024 Preakness field. At one point, his team was entering Mugatu in races every two weeks. The result? One lone win and just five times on the board in 12 starts, many of which were allowance races and attempts to break his maiden. He was glossed over in 2024 Preakness odds, not being offered individually in the last futures pool. Does that set up Mugatu for a true underdog story? Perhaps, but he finished just fifth in his only graded stakes start, the Blue Grass last month.

Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know to bet Mugatu in the upcoming Preakness Stakes.

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Mugatu Horse Racing Profile

Record: 1-1-3 (12)

Owner: Average Joe Racing Stables Ltd. and Dan Wells

Jockey: Joe Bravo

Trainer: Jeff Engler

Color: Bay

Running Style: Stalker

Last race: Finished 5th in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1)

Sire/Dam: Blofeld/Union Way

Post position: 1

Morning line odds: 20-1

Mugatu Horse Racing Past Performances

Mugatu has a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 87, well below the typical 100+ required to win a Triple Crown race.

DateRaceLengthFinish
4/6/24Blue Grass Stakes (G1)1 1/8 miles5th
3/23/24Rushaway (LS)1 1/16 miles8th
3/2/24John Battaglia Memorial (LS)1 1/16 miles4th
2/10/24Alwoc1 mile3rd
1/18/24Alwoc1 mile3rd
12/31/23Alwoc1 mile6th
12/9/23MSW1 mile, 70 yards4th
11/18/23MSW1 mile1st
10/12/23MSW1 mile10th
7/31/23MSW1 mile2nd
7/14/23MSW1 mile3rd
6/24/23MSW5 1/2 furlongs6th

The Word On Mugatu

Apr. 6: Finished fifth in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1), the first graded race Mugatu’s ran in.

Apr. 25: Was not included in the Preakness Futures Pool No. 2.

May 10: Christopher Britton bought Mugatu for only $14,000 and named him after Will Ferrell’s character in Zoolander. He is longtime friends with Mugatu’s trainer Jeff Engler. Both are from Ohio.

“I sort of got him into the racing game about four years ago. There were a few horses we did together, but he’s on a different playing field than we are, so he’s sort of done his own thing and has had pretty good success,” Britton said. “He had one in the Oaks, and if we could have drawn into the Derby, that would have been real neat.”

May 13: Opened a 20-1 longshot on the morning line, running out of Post 1.

*Some information courtesy of Pimlico Racing News and the Maryland Jockey Club

Preakness Stakes Odds 2024

Find Preakness Stakes morning line odds below. Unlike fixed-odds betting, odds for the Preakness Stakes will continue to move until post time, even if you place your bet today. Most odds movement occurs the day of and minutes before post.

Post PositionHorseMorning-Line OddsTrainerJockey
1.Mugatu20-1Jeff EnglerJoe Bravo
2.Uncle Heavy20-1Butch Reid Jr.Irad Ortiz Jr.
3.Catching Freedom6-1Brad CoxFlavien Prat
4.MuthSCRBob BaffertJuan Hernandez
5.Mystik Dan5-2Kenny McPeekBrian Hernandez Jr.
6.Seize the Gray15-1D. Wayne LukasJaime Torres
7. Just Steel15-1D. Wayne LukasJoel Rosario
8.Tuscan Gold8-1Chad BrownTyler Gaffalione
9.Imagination6-1Bob BaffertFrankie Dettori

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