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!
Angles Abound in Opening Verse
Former Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Regally Ready will break from the far outside post as the tepid 3/1 morning line favorite. The eight year-old gelding has plenty of back […]
Former Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Regally Ready will break from the far outside post as the tepid 3/1 morning line favorite. The eight year-old gelding has plenty of back class, but did not show his typical form returning from a four month layoff while finishing fifth of seven in an optional claiming event March 8 at Fair Grounds. Since that poor showing as the even-money favorite, the Steve Asmussen trainee has returned to work sharply at Churchill Downs including a pair of bullet works May 3 and May 10. Jockey Ricardo Santana gets the mount and should have Regally Ready forwardly-placed.
Departing tries green for first time
Departing (7/2) is an interesting item, as the Al Stall trainee makes his turf and 2015 seasonal debuts. The son of War Front is well-bred for the lawn and has proven himself as capable stakes performer on dirt having won 7 of 15 starts including three graded stakes victories. Departing has not raced since finishing seventh in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap November 28 at Churchill. Regular jockey Robbie Albarado will be in the irons breaking from post five.
Can the Pizza Man deliver?
The Pizza Man, also 7/2 on the morning line is another runner making his 2015 debut. The Roger Brueggemann trainee was successful last year competing at longer distances against stakes foes, but also won the 1 1/16 Black Tie Affair at Arlington. Brueggemann connects at a 14% clip with runners returning from layoffs greater than 180 days.
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.