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!
$5 Million Breeders' Cup Classic a Showdown for Horse of the Year
On Saturday at Santa Anita, the undefeated Shared Belief will put his perfect record on the line in the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic. The Grade 1 race, run at a mile and a quarter, has drawn a full field of fourteen with one additional on the also-eligible list.
Shared Belief, a perfect seven for seven, has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 9-5. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the three-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride (ARG) delivered as the heavy favorite in his first start at Santa Anita last time out in the Awesome Again (G1) to prevail by a neck after a troubled trip. Mike Smith will remain in the irons and they will break from post six as the gelding makes a bid for both champion three-year-old and Horse of the Year.
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome trying to return to form
California Chrome, also looking to stake a claim at year-end honors, is second choice at 4-1 on the morning line. The chestnut colt, trained by Art Sherman, is trying to rebound off a sixth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) in what was his first start since being denied the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes (G1). Prior to those races, he won five times this year, three of which came at Santa Anita. Victor Espinoza, his regular rider, has retained the mount and they will break from post thirteen.
Tonalist attempting to prove he can win outside of New York
Also in the field is Tonalist at morning line odds of 5-1 for trainer Christophe Clement. The sophomore son of Tapit played the role of the spoiler in the Belmont Stakes (G1) and after running second and third against his contemporaries in the Jim Dandy (G2) and Travers (G1), he defeated older rivals last time out in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). He has been on the board in all seven starts this year and will break from post position eleven under Joel Rosario.
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.