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 I $500,000 King's Bishop Awash with Talent
The Grade I $500,000 Kings Bishop Stakes at Saratoga has become, perhaps, the most important seven furlong race in the country as it showcases two of the most important ingredients for a potential stallion: class and speed.
The 30th running of the King’s Bishop features a salty group of eight three year-olds led by 2/1 morning line favorite Coup de Grace. The Larry Jones trainee was impressive last out winning the Grade II Amsterdam by three lengths. That race was run at six and a half furlongs, but the added ground only figures to help the stretch runner who has shown a powerful closing move in each of his last two starts. Rosie Napravnik takes the mount.
Dutrow looking to unleash the Beast
The Big Beast lived up to his name while turning in a monster effort against allowance foes in his last start July 26 at Saratoga. The Anthony Dutrow trainee earned a 102 Beyer figure for that six furlong effort on the same day Coup de Grace matched that number in the Amsterdam. The Big Beast seemed to be doing it easily, and could have plenty more in the tank. Javier Castellano could choose to set the early fractions or rate from just off the pace.
Regally bred Fast Anna steps up in class
Fast Anna (6/1) has plenty of speed, but will be facing much stiffer competition after overwhelming maiden special weight company and an overmatched allowance field at Gulfstream by a combined 15 lengths. The Kathy Ritvo trainee is the son of 2006 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Dreaming of Anna and will be ridden by John Valazquez.
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.