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 Looks Just Smashing
Speedy Maryland-bred filly Ju Ju Eyeballs is starting to turn some heads at Monmouth Park, after claiming her second-straight stakes win at the New Jersey racetrack this past Sunday. Sent […]
Speedy Maryland-bred filly Ju Ju Eyeballs is starting to turn some heads at Monmouth Park, after claiming her second-straight stakes win at the New Jersey racetrack this past Sunday. Sent off as the 6-1 third choice in the $60,000 Just Smashing Stakes, the Gators N Bears filly, from the breeding operation of Donald and Taffy Lutz, split rivals at the top of the stretch and pulled away for a 5 ¼-length score under a hand ride from jockey Paco Lopez.
The Smashing makes it three straight at Monmouth
In mid June, Ju Ju Eyeballs (named for a line in Beatles song) announced her presence on the Monmouth stakes scene with a 1 ¼-length win in the Crank It Up Stakes, also for three-year-old fillies sprinting on the dirt. Prior to that she had won at the allowance level at Monmouth, and now holds a five-race win streak for 2013, after she finished third in her season debut at Gulfstream in January. Ju Ju Eyeballs now has six wins from 10 lifetime starts, and has finished in the money in eight of her races.
Follows the lead of Change in Command
It has been an impressive past couple weeks for the offspring of Gators N Bears, as last week his Maryland-bred colt Change of Command set the course record for the mile on the Monmouth Turf, on the way to winning the $75,000 Elkwood Stakes. The win also capped a big weekend for jockey Lopez, who on Saturday had ridden to an upset win in the Jersey Derby on 12-1 Hard Enough. He had to survive a short enquiry after the Just Smashing, but ultimately notched win 113 for the year so far.
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.