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!
Highly Regarded Airoforce Makes Sophomore Debut in $400,000 Risen Star Stakes
On Saturday at Fair Grounds, the featured race is the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes. The Grade 2 event offers points towards a spot in the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby (G1) and will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.
Airoforce tops the field of thirteen colts and geldings as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Mark Casse. A gray son of Colonel John, he began his career on the turf and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) before switching to conventional dirt. He won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) to earn his second graded stakes victory in November and has been training forwardly since then. Julian Leparoux will be aboard and they will break from post position ten.
Mo Tom trying to turn tables on Airoforce
Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Mo Tom for trainer Tom Amoss. A bay colt from the first crop of champion Uncle Mo, he has been on the board in all five starts and has three victories. After finishing second to Airoforce in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2), he made his sophomore debut a winning one in the LeComte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds. Corey Lanerie will be in the irons and they will break from post two.
Dolphus looking for breakthrough stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 15-1 is longshot Dolphus for trainer Joe Sharp. A chestnut son of Lookin at Lucky, he is a half-brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and has two wins from three starts. He will be stepping up to graded stakes competition and was last seen winning an optional claiming race at his home base, Fair Grounds. Brian Hernandez, Jr. will be aboard and they will break from post position three.
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.