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!
Hollendorfer Sweeps Native Diver
In a race that was a fight from start to finish, horses trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer finished first, second and third on Saturday at Hollywood Park in […]
In a race that was a fight from start to finish, horses trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer finished first, second and third on Saturday at Hollywood Park in the $150,000 Grade III Native Diver Stakes. Blueskiesnrainbows, the 3-1 second choice took the win, followed closely by the 5-2 favorite Hear the Ghost, with 4-1 Rousing Sermon finishing third. While Hollendorfer trains all three that finished in the money, they all have different ownership and were not running as an entry.
Blueskiesnrainbows wants and gets lead
Breaking hard out of the gate and hustled to the front early, Blueskiesnrainbows had to battle hard to get to the lead, pressed by 5-1 Soi Phet , Hear the Ghost and Rousing Sermon. Running a 23:51 first quarter in the 1 1/8 miles event, less than two lengths covered all four into the first turn. Those four would continue to battle through the first three-quarters in 1:12.34. Turning for home, the first flight spread five wide across the track, with Drill at 7-1 mounting a charge on the leading group.
Five are in with a shot turning for home
As they straightened away, Blueskiesnrainbows was able to open a bit on the others, and hit the wire a half-length in front, with Hear the Ghost another 1/2 length ahead of Rousing Sermon. The $2 win paid $8.40, while the $1 exacta returned $16.20, and the $1 trifecta paid $59.30. It was the third win in 12 starts for Blueskiesnrainbows this year, and he now holds an overall record of six wins, three seconds and three thirds in 22 lifetime starts. It was also the second graded-stales win of his career, the last coming 18 months ago in the Grade II Swaps Stakes, also at Hollywood.
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.