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!
Force the Pass Headlines Field for $450,000 Secretariat Stakes
Force the Pass has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Alan Goldberg. A chestnut son of the versatile stallion Speightstown, he has been […]
Force the Pass has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Alan Goldberg. A chestnut son of the versatile stallion Speightstown, he has been on the board in all six career starts and is a four-time winner. He comes into this race off of back to back graded stakes victories and was last seen winning the Belmont Derby (G1). Joel Rosario will be in the irons and they will break from post position two as he goes for his third straight victory.
Highland Reel (IRE) making stateside debut
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Highland Reel (IRE) for top international trainer Aiden O’Brien. A bay son of Galileo (IRE), he has three wins from seven starts and is a stakes winner overseas. He will be making his North American debut and will compete with Lasix for the first time. Jockey Seamie Heffernan will be aboard and they will break from post position six.
Closing Bell trying for first stakes victory
Also in the field at morning line odds of 10-1 is Closing Bell, a longshot for trainer Bill Mott. A dark bay son of Tapit, he was purchased for $400,000 as a yearling and has one win from three starts. After breaking his maiden in his second starts two races back, he finished fourth in his stakes debut in the Belmont Derby (G1). Jose Lezcano will be aboard and they will break from the rail.
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.