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!
Caren Looms as Heavy Favorite in $125,000 Victoria Queen Stakes
On Saturday at Woodbine, the featured race is the $125,000 Victoria Queen Stakes. Scheduled to be run at six-furlongs on the all-weather main track, the stakes race has drawn a field of eight Ontario-bred two-year-old fillies.
Caren is listed as the overwhelming even-money favorite for trainer Micahel DePaulo. A bay daughter of Society Chairman, she was purchased for $45,000 as a yearling and has three wins from four starts. After winning her first three outings, she was third in her graded stakes debut last time out in the Natalma Stakes (G2). She is switching back to the main track and is scheduled to break from post position seven under jockey Jesse Campbell.
Pure Purity getting class test after maiden win
Second choice at 7-2 on the morning line is Pure Purity, one of two fillies in the race for trainer Ralph Biamonte. A bay daughter of Perfect Soul (IRE), she is also bred by her trainer and owned in partnership by him and Danny Lococo. She is stepping up to stakes company for the first time after breaking her maiden in her debut in front-running fashion at Woodbine in September. Omar Moreno will be back aboard from post position two.
Crumlin Spirit looking for first career score
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Crumlin Spirit for trainer Michael Doyle. A bay daughter of Court Vision, she has yet to break her maiden from four starts but has been second in her last three races, two of which came against stakes competition. She was second as the favorite against maiden company last time out. David Moran will remain aboard and they will break from post position four as she tries for a breakthrough win.
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.