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!
International Field of Eleven Set for $200,000 Pebbles Stakes
On Monday at Belmont Park, the featured race is the $200,000 Pebbles Stakes. The one mile contest will be run on the Widener Turf Course and has drawn an international field of eleven three-year-old fillies.
Topping the field at morning line odds of 3-1 is Kenzadargent (FR) who is undefeated from two starts in the United States. Bred in France, the gray daughter of Kendargent (FR) began her career in her native country and won one of her twelve starts before making her stateside debut in August for Chad Brown. She has won back to back races against optional claiming competition and will have Joel Rosario aboard for the first time from post eight.
Indian Rainbow (IRE) to make stateside debut
Second choice at 4-1 on the morning line is Indian Rainbow (IRE) for trainer Christophe Clement. The chestnut daughter of Indian Haven (GB) will be making her first start in the United States after racing primarily in Germany. She has won two of her eight starts, both of which came as a juvenile as she is winless from four outings as a sophomore. She will break from the outside post under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. and was last seen finishing third against Group 3 company in France.
Munirah short on experience, long on talent
Also in the field and a longshot at 12-1 on the morning line is the lightly-raced Munirah. Trained by Graham Motion, the bay daughter of Kitten’s Joy has won two of her three starts and was last seen winning the Boiling Springs (G3) at Monmouth Park. She has won on both turf and synthetics and has been training at Fair Hill since her last race. Joe Bravo will be in the irons for the first time and they are scheduled to break from post ten.
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.