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!
Coup de Grace Tops Loaded Field for $500,000 King's Bishop
On Saturday at Saratoga, the top three-year-old sprinters in the country will compete in the 30th edition of the Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes. The seven-furlong contest offers a purse of $500,000 and has drawn a field of eight.
Coup de Grace has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 and will break from the outside post. Trained by Larry Jones for Fox Hill Farms, the three-year-old son of Tapit will have Rosie Napravnik in the irons and is going for his third consecutive victory. He earned the second graded stakes win of his career last time out in the Amsterdam (G2), a key prep race for the King's Bishop. He has had consecutive bullet workouts since that race.
Wildcat Red back on track after Kentucky Derby
Wildcat Red is 4-1 on the morning line for trainer Jose Garoffalo. The bay son of D'Wildcat will cut back to a sprint after competing around two-turns since winning the seven-furlong Fountain of Youth(G2) early in the year. After rebounding from the Kentucky Derby (G1) with a romp in the Quality Road Stakes, he was third in the Haskell Invitational (G1). Luis Saez will remain aboard and the pair will break from post two.
Undefeated Fast Anna gets class test
Also in the field is Fast Anna, tabbed at odds of 6-1 for trainer Kathy Ritvo. Bred and owned by Frank Calabrese, the three-year-old son of Medaglia d'Oro is out of Calabrese's champion mare Dreaming of Anna, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Fast Anna is undefeated from two career starts and will be making his stakes debut. He defeated allowance company by thirteen lengths at Gulfstream Park.
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.