The Preakness Stakes is coming up on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The second jewel of the American Triple Crown drew a field of 10 top three-year-olds. Find out the top contenders in the race, and learn the best places to place your bets!
$100,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes Attracts Field of Seven Sprinters
On Sunday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes. Restricted to three-year-olds, the six-furlong contest has attracted a field of seven colts and geldings.
King Kranz has tops the wide open field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer John Terranova, II. A dark bay son of Munnings, he was purchased for $95,000 by Zayat Stables as a juvenile and has been on the board in five of his seven starts. He will be trying to earn the second win of his career and his second stakes victory. Last time out, he was sixth in the Withers Stakes (G3) and will cut back to a sprint. Cornelio Velasquez will be aboard from post position five.
Condo King trying for first stakes win
Second choice at morning line odds of 7-2 is Condo King, one of two horses in the race for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. A dark bay son of Tiz Wonderful, he cost $75,000 as a yearling and will be trying to notch his first stakes victory. He has been on the board in three of his four starts and will be trying to rebound after finishing sixth in the Jerome Stakes (G3) in January. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be in the irons and they will break from the outside post.
Awesome King making stakes debut
Also in the field at morning line odds of 9-2 is Awesome Gent for trainer Todd Pletcher. A homebred for Burning Sands Stable, LLC, the bay son of Awesome Again was bred in New York and has won two of his three starts. He will be stepping up to stakes competition for the first time and followed up his maiden victory in his second start with an allowance win last time out. Manuel Franco will be aboard and they will break from post three.
After all the drama of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the racing scene shifts to Pimlico Race Course in anticipation of the running of the 2019 Preakness Stakes. A couple of the high-profile contenders from the Derby are expected in the field, as well as a number of new shooters that add to the handicapping puzzle and could provide good betting value.
The field has been established for the 2016 running of the Belmont Stakes and of the thirteen contenders, there are four horses who competed in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and are moving on to the third jewel of the Triple Crown.
Wise guys who liked Stradivari in the Preakness have every right to maintain their enthusiasm for the Todd Pletcher-trained colt in the Belmont Stakes where the intriguing runner will likely make his next start.