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!
Del Mar Begins with the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes
On Thursday, Del Mar will kick off their boutique summer meet with the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes, the featured race on their ten race card which has drawn a full field of twelve with one waiting in the wings on the also-eligible list. The race will be contested at one mile on the turf and is restricted to three-year-olds.
Enterprising has been installed as the 7-2 morning line favorite in the full field and will break from post position nine under Mike Smith. Trained by Tom Proctor, the three-year-old son of Elusive Quality has won three of his seven starts including a pair of stakes races. He was last seen finishing third in the La Puente Stakes and will have Smith aboard replacing Gary Stevens who is sidelined with knee problems.
Texas Ryano steps up to stakes company
Second choice at 4-1 is Texas Ryano, a chestnut son of Curlin trained by Carla Gaines. He made his career debut in January and has since won two of his three starts. He will be facing stakes competition for the first time and will have Joe Talamo in the irons. The pair teamed up in June to win an optional claiming race on the turf at Santa Anita.
Home School (IRE) still looking for second win
Doug O’Neill will saddle longshot Home School (IRE), tabbed at 15-1. The three-year-old Irish-bred son of Intense Focus began his career in Ireland as a juvenile before making his stateside debut at Del Mar last summer. He has one win from eleven starts and is trying to earn his first stakes victory. He was last seen finishing third in the Singletary Stakes and will have Tyler Baze back aboard.
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.