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!
Euros Look Imposing in Grade 1 Beverly D.
Bred and raced in England, Euro Charline has raced just twice since her triumph in the 2014 Beverly D., where the Marco Botti-trained filly defeated ten rivals to become the […]
Bred and raced in England, Euro Charline has raced just twice since her triumph in the 2014 Beverly D., where the Marco Botti-trained filly defeated ten rivals to become the first three year-old winner of the race since its inception in 1987. Euro Charline did not race again until March 28 where she was fifth in the Grade 1 Dubai Turf. From there, she was given some added time to recover and brought back to compete in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes where she ran second, beaten a length by Amazing Maria who came back to win the Group 1 Prix Rothschild in her next start. With the filly apparently headed in the right direction, she is the one to beat with Jose Lezcano aboard breaking from post 8.
Three year-old looks strong
Wedding Vow is another European filly to consider at 3/1 for trainer Aidan O’Brien. The three year-old was beaten by 2 1/4-lengths last out in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes August 1 at Goodwood, following a win in the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes July 19. She will receive Lasix for the first time and will receive the services of her regular rider, Chris O’Donoghue.
Secret Gesture back to U.S.
Secret Gesture (9/2) is a five year-old mare of top-quality for trainer Ralph Beckett, and makes the journey to the U.S. a month and a half after finishing fourth in the Group 1 Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland. Secret Gesture ran fifth in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita.
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.