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!
Illinois Winner Departing Eyes Preakness
Although he could wind up with enough points to qualify for a spot in the May 4 Kentucky Derby, the connections for Departing, coming off a win in last weekend’s […]
Although he could wind up with enough points to qualify for a spot in the May 4 Kentucky Derby, the connections for Departing, coming off a win in last weekend’s Illinois Derby, have said the gelding will skip the race. Given a month off, however, a run at the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18 is a definite possibility. Although all indications are Departing came out of the Illinois in good shape, the two-week turnaround to come back for the Derby doesn’t provide enough recovery time.
Departing scores third lifetime victory at Hawthorne
Under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr, Departing was able to overcome a wide trip to capture the 1 1/8th mile $750,000 Grade III Illinois at Hawthorn. Racing six-wide down the backstretch, the three-year-old son of War Front made a sweeping outside move on the far turn to overcome the leaders, and then pulled away for a 3 1/2 –length score over runner-up Fordubai. With the victory Departing upped his record to 3 wins in 4 starts - with earnings of $628,000.
Strong third place finish in Louisiana Derby prep
It was the second race in a row the Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider- owned Departing had to overcome an outside trip to finish in the money. Three weeks earlier in the Grade II Louisiana Derby, he came five-wide down the stretch to close on winner Revolutionary and Mylute, two horses that sit sixth and sixteenth, respectively, in the current Kentucky Derby qualification point standings. Although it’s likely both of those will contest the Run for the Roses, Departing will stay in the barn that day, while his owners and trainer plan his future.
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.