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!
Frosty Margarita Seeking First Stakes Win in $100,000 Key Cent Stakes
On Sunday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the $100,000 Key Cent Stakes. Restricted to New York-bred two-year-olds, the six furlong contest has drawn a field of seven fillies.
Frosty Margarita tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 9-5 for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. A dark bay daughter of Frost Giant bred and owned by Gabrielle Farm, she has been on the board in all four starts and is trying to earn her first stakes victory and second overall career win. She was second in the Maid of the Mist Stakes last time out and is scheduled to break from the inside post under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Melodic trying to rebound after poor effort
Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Melodic for trainer Leah Gyarmati. A chestnut daughter of Tale of the Cat, she was purchased for $150,000 earlier in the year and has two wins from three starts. She broke her maiden in her debut and followed that up with a victory in the Joseph A. Gimma Stakes She is trying to rebound after finishing seventh in the Maid of the Mist Stakes last time out and will have Kendrick Carmouche aboard from the outside post.
Stakes debut for Taken by Surprise
Also in the field at morning line odds of 5-1 is Taken by Surprise for trainer Todd Pletcher. A bay daughter of Giant Surprise, she is a homebred for Repole Stable and will be stepping up to stakes competition for the first time. After two average efforts in her first two starts, a fourth-place finish and a ninth-place outing, she broke her maiden last time out. John Velazquez will be aboard and they will break from post four.
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.