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!
$75,000 Lure Stakes Draws Wide Open Field of Nine
On Sunday at Santa Anita, the featured race is the 9th edition of the $75,000 Lure Stakes. The one mile race, scheduled to be run on the turf, has attracted a deep field of nine colts and geldings.
Pure Tactics has been tabbed as the 5-2 morning line favorite and will be making his first start for trainer Leandro More who has taken over the care of Doug O’Neill’s horses while he serves a suspension. The five-year-old son of Pure Prize has won seven of his eighteen starts and was last seen finishing fourth in the Eddie D (G3) at Santa Anita. Rafael Bejarano will remain in the irons and they will break from post five as Pure Tactics goes for his third win of the year.
Hay Dude (GB) making stateside debut off layoff
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Hay Dude (GB) who will be making his first North American start after competing in Great Britain and France. Philip D’Amato will saddle the four-year-old gelded son of Dubawi (IRE) and Joe Talamo has been named to ride. He is making his first start since November of 2013 and has been training sharply in California with a recent bullet workout. He will get Lasix for the first time and break from post four.
Drill trying to regain competitive form
Also in the field and a longshot at 15-1 on the morning line is Drill for trainer Bob Baffert. The five-year-old son of Lawyer Ron has gone winless for the past two seasons and the multiple graded stakes winner has hit the board once from six starts this year. With most of his success coming on dirt and synthetics including a win in the Del Mar Futurity (G1), he has run four times on the turf and has failed to hit the board. Elvis Trujillo will be aboard and they will break from the rail.
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.