Maryland’s biggest race is coming up on Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore: the 2021 Preakness Stakes! The race covers 1 3/16 miles on the dirt, and it drew a field of 10 of the best three-year-old horses in the country. It is one of the best betting opportunities of the year, and this is the place to learn who to bet and where to bet!
The field of 10 includes Medina Spirit, the first finisher in the Kentucky Derby, as well as Arkansas Derby favorite Concert Tour, Kentucky Derby contender Midnight Bourbon, and interesting new shooters like Risk Taking, Crowded Trade, and Rombauer.
Preakness Stakes Odds for Contenders
Medina Spirit (+180)
Due to his Kentucky Derby post-race test coming back positive, he will not be allowed to run in the Preakness unless he passes a pre-race test. But, if Medina Spirit is allowed to run, he is a serious Preakness contender. Bob Baffert has won a record seven editions of the Preakness Stakes, and he has never run worse than second with a Derby winner.
Medina Spirit is a frontrunning horse, and he is uncommonly game when challenged. That ability should serve him well, as there are a couple of other speed horses in the race who are likely to challenge him. His #3 post is also a good draw; the inside gates are succeeding at Pimlico this meet.
Concert Tour (+200)
He is Medina Spirit’s stablemate in the Bob Baffert barn, and will also be allowed to run pending a pre-race drug test coming back negative. If he runs he will also be part of the speed brigade. However, at such a short price, it is a concern that he could not see out the trip in a weaker-than-usual Arkansas Derby. He looks like a serious underlay.
Midnight Bourbon (+500)
Usually part of the speed, Midnight Bourbon started poorly in the Kentucky Derby. Still, he proved to be the same hard-trying, consistent horse he always is, overcoming that issue and rallying for sixth. A better break should get him a good forward trip for strong Preakness trainer Steve Asmussen, and he is one of the real contenders in the 2021 Preakness.
Crowded Trade (+1000)
Trainer Chad Brown has a pair in here, and Crowded Trade is the more interesting. His tactical versatility should help him work out a trip. And, though he cedes experience to most of his foes, he fits the same profile as Brown’s previous Preakness winner Cloud Computing: a later-blooming horse who got some shares in Derby preps in New York.
Rombauer comes in from a third-place finish behind the top-class Essential Quality in the Blue Grass. In that race he sat closer to the pace than he ever had before, a positive sign given how well tactical speed plays in the Preakness. Given that trainer Michael McCarthy is so sharp with shippers, Rombauer deserves respect at a square price.
Preakness Stakes 2021 Odds for Longshots
The deck is stacked against Keepmeinmind in the Preakness. He passed a few to finish seventh in the Kentucky Derby, which was better than most were expecting after poor efforts in the Blue Grass and the Rebel. But even if his Derby suggests he trained on at three after all, truly deep closers do not tend to do well in the Preakness.
Unbridled Honor (+1500)
He rallied for a good second behind King Fury in the Lexington, a good step forward from his belated fourth in the Tampa Bay Derby. He is an improving, later-blooming type for Todd Pletcher. The question is his running style, as he does tend to rally from far off the pace. However, if you’re playing trifectas and superfectas, he makes good sense underneath.
Risk Taking (+1500)
The second entry from the Chad Brown barn, Risk Taking won the Withers with confidence but has to bounce back from a complete no-show effort as the favorite in the Wood. He drew a relatively outside gate, which may make it tough for him to carve out a great trip, and off such a poor race in the Wood there are questions as to whether he is good enough for this.
France Go de Ina (+2000)
This Japanese-trained horse was most recently a well-beaten sixth in the UAE Derby. He does have a pair of wins in Japan. His forward running style is a positive at Pimlico, though it is questionable whether he will have the same kind of early speed as Medina Spirit, Concert Tour, or Midnight Bourbon — especially since he is such a poor gate horse.
Six-time Preakness winner D. Wayne Lukas is never afraid to take a shot, and that is exactly what he is doing with Ram. It took him eight starts to break his maiden, but Ram has won his last two. The good news is, Ram drew the rail and the rail has been golden at Pimlico this meet. But, he has yet to run a race anywhere near fast enough to contend in this race.
Best Future Bet Value: Crowded Trade
Latest Odds for the Preakness Stakes
Preakness odds will keep changing between now and the day of the big race. So, make an account at one or more of the online racebooks listed below, keep an eye on the odds, and get your wager in for the 2021 Preakness Stakes.
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