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 John Morrissey Stakes Draws Field of Eight New York-Breds
Palace headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 6-5 for trainer Linda Rice. A six-year-old son of City Zip, he has been on the board in […]
Palace headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 6-5 for trainer Linda Rice. A six-year-old son of City Zip, he has been on the board in nineteen of his 24 starts and is an eleven-time winner. A multiple graded stakes winner, he will be making his second start of the year after a fifth-place finish in the Carter (G1) at Aqueduct off of a five-month layoff. Regular rider Cornelio Velasquez will be aboard and they will break from post four.
Noble Cornerstone returning off of a layoff
Second choice at 4-1 on the morning line is Noble Cornerstone for trainer Thomas Morley. Bred and owned by My Meadowview Farm, the four-year-old son of Noble Causeway has won five of his eleven starts and will be trying to earn the first stakes victory of his career. He won his first start of the year last time out in an optional claiming race off of an eight-month hiatus. Joel Rosario will be in the irons and they will break from the outside post.
Moonlight Song training sharply for return
Also in the field at morning line odds of 5-1 is Moonlight Song for trainer Charleton Baker. An eight-year-old gelding by Unbridled’s Song, he has won seven of his sixteen starts and will be making his first start since winning the Hudson Handicap against state-bred competition at Belmont Park in October. He has been training steadily with a recent bullet workout and will have Jose Ortiz as he tries to improve off of a fifth-place finish in the John Morrissey last year.
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.