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!
Delaunay Looks Formidable in $60,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes
On Saturday at Fair Grounds, the stakes action kicks off with the 62nd running of the $60,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes. The six-furlong contest has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.
Delaunay headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 6-5 for trainer Tom Amoss. An eight-year-old son of Smoke Glacken, he is an eighteen-time career winner with over $1 million in earnings. Six of those victories have come at Fair Grounds and, after winning the 2013 Duncan F. Kenner, came back to finish second in last year’s edition. He was last seen winning the Bonapaw Stakes in his yearly debut and has been training sharply since then. James Graham will be aboard from post four.
Bet Seattle gets a rematch with Delaunay
Second choice at morning line odds of 7-2 is Bet Seattle, a six-year-old son of Seattle Fitz (ARG) trained and owned by Hugh Robertson. The dark bay gelding is a ten-time winner and is a multiple stakes winner. After finishing third in the Bonapaw Stakes, he came back two weeks later to win an optional claiming race as the favorite at Fair Grounds. With regular rider James Graham committed to Delaunay, Francisco Torres will be aboard from post six.
State-bred Too Dim trying for second stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Too Dim for trainer Edward Johnson. A six-year-old gelded son of Mutakddim, six of his ten career victories have come at Fair Grounds. A winner against state-bred stakes company, the Louisian-bred was last seen finishing second to Bet Seattle in his first start of the year and closed out 2014 with six wins from nine starts. Miguel Mena will be back in the irons and they are scheduled to break from post position five.
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.