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!
$150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes Draws Field of Seven
At Gulfstream Park on Saturday, the stakes action begins with the 19th edition of the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes. Scheduled to be run at six and a half furlongs, the Grade 3 race has drawn a field of seven fillies and mares.
Merry Meadow headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 7-5 for trainer Mark Hennig. A five-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes, she has won her last two starts and has been training forwardly for her first start of the year with a recent bullet workout. A seven-time career winner, she won four of her eight starts last season. Javier Castellano will be back in the irons and they are scheduled to break from post position four.
More Than a Party taking a shot against graded stakes company
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is More Than a Party for trainer Edward Broome. A four-year-old daughter of More than Ready, she is stepping up against graded stakes competition after back to back victories against optional claiming competition at Gulfstream. She was last seen going gate to wire as the favorite over nine rivals in January. Regular rider Paco Lopez will be in the irons and they will break from the rail.
Centrique going for third straight win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Centrique, one of two horses in the race for trainer Martin Wolfson. A six-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, the bay mare comes into this race off of consecutive victories against optional claiming company. Sent off as the heavy favorite last time out, she delivered in front-running fashion to earn her twelfth career victory. Joh Velazquez will be aboard and they will break from post position six.
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.