The 2023 Preakness Stakes is coming up Saturday, May 20 at Pimlico! It is one of the most eagerly-awaited events of the racing year, and this is the place to […]
Change of Command Sets Record
A change of scenery has meant little to Change of Command, as the Maryland-bred son of Gators N Bears continues an impressive run of in-the-money finishes that began September 5, 2012 at Laurel Park. Since finishing second in an allowance event that day, Change of Command has had eight in-the-money finishes in his last nine races, the only blemish coming in a race at Gulfstream where he finished fourth, after battling on the lead right from the gate before tiring inside the eighth pole.
First stakes win one for the record books
During this stretch of races, Change of Command has scored three wins, three seconds and two thirds. Most recently he shipped to New Jersey, where this past weekend he scored his first stakes triumph in the $75,000 Elkwood Stakes, run at one mile on the Monmouth Turf course. Under jockey Joe Bravo, Change of Command overcame early traffic trouble and a wide trip to win by a neck in 1:33.33, breaking the six-year-old course record by just over three-tenths of a second. He broke from post 7 as the 5-1 fifth choice in the field of six.
Picks up career win number eight in 22 starts
This was Change of Command’s second consecutive out-of-state stakes try. In the $50,000 Da Hoss at Virginia’s Colonial Downs on June 22, 2013, he also ran into traffic trouble, was fanned five-wide, and then checked at the 3/16 pole before regaining momentum and making a charge in the late stretch to get up for third, beaten less than two-lengths by heavy favorite Hudson Steele, a Grade II winner last season. Since breaking his maiden at first asking in 2011 at Laurel Park, Change of Command has an overall record of 8-4-5 in 22 starts.
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!
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.