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!
Buggin Out Tops Eight Rivals in the $50,000 Magic City
On Friday at Fair Grounds, the track will host the $50,000 Magic City Stakes. Restricted to Alabama-breds, the mile and seventy yard contest has drawn a field of nine.
Buggin Out has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Kenneth Hargave. A three-year-old son of Indy, the chestnut gelding will be trying stakes company for the first time after breaking his maiden at Delta Downs as the heavy favorite. That winning effort was flattered when the runner-up and third-place finisher came back to win. James Graham will be aboard for the first time and they will break from post two.
Anchored Back making fourth showing in Magic City
Second choice at 7-2 on the morning line is Anchored Back who will be making his first start for trainer Dawn Fontenot. A six-year-old son of Put it Back, this will be his fourth appearance in the Magic City Stakes and was third in the 2013 edition. He has won two of his eight starts this year and will try to rebound after finishing sixth last time out. Regular rider Samuel Bermudez will be in the irons and they will break from post position five.
Busted Account trying for consecutive wins in Magic City
Also in the field at morning line odds of 9-2 is the defending champion of the Magic City Stakes, Busted Account. Trained by Jonas Gibson, the seven-year-old gelded son of Royal Empire has won six times and has one win from seven outings this year. He was last seen finishing seventh and last at Thistledown in June and has been training steadily at Fair Grounds since then. Miguel Mena has picked up the mount 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.