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!
Classy La Verdad Trying to Rebound in $100,000 Interborough Stakes
On Saturday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the $100,000 Interborough Stakes. A six-furlong contest scheduled to be run on the inner dirt track, the stakes race has drawn a field of seven fillies and mares.
La Verdad has been tabbed as the even-money favorite for trainer Linda Rice. A six-year-old daughter of Yes It’s True, the popular New York-bred mare has won fifteen times and is a top contender for the Eclipse Award for the top female sprinter in 2015. Last year, she won five of her eight starts and was second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1). She was sixth last time out in the Fall Highweight Handicap (G3) and will have Jose Ortiz aboard from post position five.
Room for Me trying for two stakes wins in a row
Second choice at morning line odds of 5-2 is Room for Me for trainer David Jacobson. A six-year-old daughter of Harlington, she is a nine-time career winner and a multiple stakes winner. After a poor performance in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1), she rebounded to win the Garland of Roses Stakes last time out at Aqueduct. Cornelio Velasquez will be aboard from post position four.
Willet looking for second straight Interborough win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 12-1 is Willet for trainer James Iselin. An eight-year-old daughter of Jump Start, the veteran mare is a ten-time winner and won the 2015 edition of the Interborough Stakes. She was last seen winning an allowance race at Aqueduct and has had a workout since that effort. Angel Arroyo will be in the irons and they will break from post three as she tries for a repeat.
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.