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!
Competitive Edge Puts Undefeated Streak on the Line in $500,000 Woody Stephens
The undefeated Competitive Edge tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 4-5 for trainer Todd Pletcher. Purchased for $750,000 as a juvenile, the bay son of […]
The undefeated Competitive Edge tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 4-5 for trainer Todd Pletcher. Purchased for $750,000 as a juvenile, the bay son of Super Saver has won all four career starts and is a two-time graded stakes winner. He was last seen winning the Pat Day Mile (G2) as the heavy favorite in May over seven rivals. Regular rider John Velazquez will be in the irons and they will break from post position three.
Two Weeks Off getting a cut back in distance
Todd Pletcher will also saddle Two Weeks Off as the second choice on the morning line at 3-1 odds. A dark bay son of Harlan’s Holiday owned by Starlight Racing, he has been on the board in all four starts and set a new track record at Keeneland two starts back in his return off of a layoff. Last time out, he was third in the Peter Pan Stakes (G2). Javier Castellano will be aboard for the first time and they will break from post four.
March back in action off of brief freshening
Also in the field at morning line odds of 10-1 is March for trainer Chad Brown. A dark bay son of Blame purchased for $320,000 as a weanling, he has won two of his four starts and has been on the shelf for two months following a win by half a length in the Bay Shore Stakes (G3). He has been training steadily in New York and will have Irad Ortiz, Jr. back aboard as he tries to earn his second consecutive stakes victory.
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.