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!
Future Stars Ready for Battle in Grade 2 Remsen
The 102nd running of the $200,000 Grade 2 Remsen features a competitive field of nine juveniles set to contest the mile and one eighth event on the main track Saturday, November 28 at Aqueduct.
Mohaymen is the 8/5 morning line favorite after opening his career with a pair of impressive-looking victories, including his last-out score in the Grade 2 Nashua where the son of Tapit won by 1 3/4 lengths. The Kiaran McLaghlin trainee will add Lasix for his Remson try – a 24% move for McLaughlin, while also making his second start off a layoff of 45-180 days (16%). Jockey Junior Alvarado, the winning pilot for the first two starts, will be aboard once again breaking from post 3. Mohaymen, like several colts in the field, will attempt to negotiate two turns for the first time, but the former $2.2 million yearling purchase is well-bred for the trip.
Flexibility tries to turn tables on favorite
Flexibility (3/1) finished second while chasing Mohaymen in the Nashua while also making just his second career start. Since that effort, the Chad Brown trainee has worked well in the interim, including a bullet four furlong move November 23, covering the distance in 48 seconds flat – the fastest of 29 workers. Flexibility will also receive a jockey change with Irad Ortiz relieving Manuel Franco in the irons.
Gift Box looks to validate recent form
Gift Box (4/1) recorded the highest last-out and career Beyer of any horse in the field while winning a maiden special weight race over a sloppy Belmont strip October 3 while going a mile and a sixteenth.
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.