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!
Grade 3 Phoenix Marks First Dirt Stakes at Keeneland Since '06
Opening day graded stakes action October 3 at Keeneland kicks in Race 8 with the $200,000 Grade 3 Phoenix and a field of eight sprinting six furlongs on the main track.
The Phoenix also represents the first graded stakes even on the newly constructed dirt track. For the last eight and a half years, Keeneland’s main track consisted of a Polytrack surface track officials elected to remove in order to restore the significance of the track’s major races. Rainbow Heir is the 3/1 morning line favorite for trainer Ben Perkins after winning back to back listed stakes races sprinting at Monmouth. The four-year old son of Wildcat Heir has recorded seven wins in eleven lifetime starts including five of eight at the six furlong distance.
No weaknesses for Work All Week
Work All Week (7/2 ML) ships in for trainer Roger Brueggemann on an impressive streak with ten wins and two second-place finishes in his last twelve starts. The only off-the-board finish for Work All Week came in his career debut. Perhaps even more impressive, Work All Week is a perfect seven for seven on conventional dirt surfaces. The five year-old son of City Zip has plenty of early zip, but doesn’t need the lead to fire his best effort.
Bern Identity should break on top
Bern Identity (4/1) is a pure speedster for trainer Kelly Breen and enters the Phoenix on a three-race winning streak. Bern Identity also owns a perfect three for three record at the six furlong distance.
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.