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!
Havelock Happy to be Back on Home Turf
It can probably be said that Havelock just isn’t much of a traveler. The Maryland-bred six-year-old gelding, with four graded-stakes victories to his credit, recently went across the pond to […]
It can probably be said that Havelock just isn’t much of a traveler. The Maryland-bred six-year-old gelding, with four graded-stakes victories to his credit, recently went across the pond to try his luck on UK turf , but came away with only a pair of also-ran results. On Saturday he made his US return a winning one, coming from last in a 10-horse field to claim the $150,000 Grade III Woodford Stakes sprinting 5 ½ furlongs on the Keeneland turf, his second graded-stakes score in five races this year, and second Woodford in three years.
Passes them all coming out of the turn
Taking advantage of a four-horse duel up front that produced a speedy 21.64 first quarter-mile, Havelock bid his time on the backstretch, was angled out coming out of the turn and set down for the drive. Asked for his best at the top of the stretch by jockey Garrett Gomez, he veered slightly to the outside and then accelerated to hit the front by mid-stretch. The 4-1 third betting choice, he finished two lengths ahead of 25-1 longshot Expecting Cash, with Spring to the Sky another neck back in third.
2011 BC Turf Sprint was a disappointment
The win just may have earned Havelock another chance at a Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint title. In 2011 off his Woodford win he went to the BC at Churchill Downs but got caught up in a jam at the three-eighths pole and was forced to check and was forced wide just as he was ready to make a run from less than three lengths off the lead. A son of Great Notion out of the New Zealand mare Piconeach, Havelock is trained by Darrin Miller, and now sports a record of nine wins and three thirds in 25 lifetime starts.
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.