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!
Da Big Hoss Looks for Big Win in $100,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap
On Saturday at Gulfstream Park, the stakes action will continue with the $100,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap. Carded at a mile and a half on the turf, the Grade 3 event has drawn a field of twelve colts and geldings.
Da Big Hoss has been installed as the morning line favorite in the competitive field at odds of 3-1 and is one of two horses for trainer Michael Maker. A four-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, he has won seven of his fourteen starts and has been on the board in seven of his eight starts this year. After four straight victories, he was last seen finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). Javier Castellano will be aboard and they will break from post eleven.
Kaigun looking for first win of the year
Second choice at morning line odds of 7-2 is Kaigun for trainer Mark Casse. A five-year-old son of Northern Afleet, the gelding is a multiple graded stakes winner and has a total of five career victories. He has yet to win from six starts this year and has hit the board three times, most recently with a runner-up effort in the Red Smith Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct. Joe Bravo will be aboard from post position ten.
War Dancer trying to return to form
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is War Dancer for trainer Bill Mott. A five-year-old son of War Front, he is a four-time career winner and a multiple graded stakes winner. He has not won from seven starts this year and has been on the board three times. He was fourth last time out in the Red Smith Handicap (G3) and will have Junior Alvarado in the irons from post position five as he tries to return to form.
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.