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!
Carpe Diem Trying to Seize the $1 Million Blue Grass Stakes
On Saturday at Keeneland, the featured race is the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. The Grade 1 race offers points towards a start in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and will be contested at a mile and an eighth over the newly-installed dirt main track.
Carpe Diem tops the field as the even-money favorite on the morning line for trainer Todd Pletcher. A chestnut son of Giant’s Causeway owned in partnership by powerhouse breeding outfits Winstar Farm and Stonestreet Stables, he has won three of his four starts. As a juvenile, he won the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland before finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He won the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) in his sophomore debut and will break from post five under John Velazquez.
Classy Class shooting for first stakes victory
Kiaran McLaughlin will saddle Classy Class as the second choice on the morning line at odds of 6-1. A bay son of Discreetly Mine, he is trying to earn the first stakes win of his career and has been on the board in three of his four starts. Since breaking his maiden in his debut as a juvenile, he has been third in both starts against graded stakes company as a three-year-old. Junior Alvarado will be aboard and they will break from post position seven.
Frammento getting a jockey change to Stevens
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Frammento for trainer Nick Zito. A son of Midshipman, the chestnut colt has won win from six starts. After finishing sixth in the Holy Bull Stakes (G2) in his first start of the year, he moved forward and finished third in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) last time out at Gulfstream. He will get a rider change to Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and they are scheduled to break from post six.
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.