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!
Good Luck Gus Headlines Field for $100,000 Notebook Stakes
On Sunday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the first running of the $100,000 Notebook Stakes. Restricted to horses bred in New York, the six-furlong race has drawn a field of nine colts and geldings.
Good Luck Gus has topped the field at 8-5 on the morning line for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. From the first crop of multiple champion Lookin at Lucky, the bay colt has won two of his five starts, both against state-bred competition. He was last seen finishing second in the Sleepy Hollow Stakes at Belmont and will cut back to six furlongs after racing one mile. Joel Rosario has retained the mount and they will break from post position five.
Blinkers off for Bullheaded Boy
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Bullheaded Boy for trainer Todd Pletcher. After finishing fifth in the Sleepy Hollow, the dark bay son of Bullsbay will get an equipment change and race without blinkers after wearing them last time out. He broke his maiden at first asking at Saratoga in July and was on the board in his two other attempts against state-bred stakes company. Javier Castellano will be aboard for the first time from post seven.
Navy Blue gets a rider switch for stakes debut
Also in the field at odds of 20-1 on the morning line is longshot Navy Blue who draws the services of top jockey John Velazquez. Purchased for $90,000, the dark bay son of Midshipman broke his maiden last time out in his sixth career start by three lengths over a field of ten rivals. Since that race, he has worked a bullet at Belmont Park and will break from post three as he tries to earn the second win of his career.
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.