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!
Ju Ju Eyeballs Faces Six in Distaff
Although beaten in her last two starts, five straight wins prior to that, including a convincing 5 ½ length score in the Just Smashing Stakes, is enough of a recent […]
Although beaten in her last two starts, five straight wins prior to that, including a convincing 5 ½ length score in the Just Smashing Stakes, is enough of a recent resume to earn Ju Ju Eyeballs 8-5 morning line favorite status for Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Million Day Distaff Handicap. Six others are entered in the race, which will go seven furlongs on the dirt. After opening her 2013 campaign with a third among low-level claimers at Gulfstream, Ju Ju Eyeball has gone on to finish in the money in all eight of her races this season.
Others with speed may present a challenge
She became a stakes winner by coming home first in the Crank It Up at Monmouth, and is coming off a second in the Jameela, where she was headed in the stretch by Madame Giry. A challenge could come from the speedy Classy Coco (4-1) winner of the Teresa Garofalo Stakes at Parx Racing last month. Last year’s winner of that event, Spring Dance, is also in the field for the Distaff and is 5-1 on the morning line. She was second in the Maryland Million Oaks last year, and has a win and a third in two allowance starts in 2013.
Maddy's Dance only graded-stakes runner in the field
Taking a cut in distance and carrying low weight of 113 pounds might be enough for Maddy’s Dance to have an impact on the finish. Forced to check hard last time out in an allowance race at Delaware, she was ultimately placed ahead of the winner after inquiry, her third win in 11 starts this season, and fourth lifetime after breaking her maiden first time out in 2012. Although yet to win at the stakes level, her two efforts in higher company have come at one mile and beyond, including the Grade II Delaware Oaks, where she finished fifth.
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.