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!
Laurel Hosts Four Stakes Saturday
Four Saturday stakes races - including one restricted to Maryland-breds – highlight the weekend of racing at Laurel Park. For wagering purposes, the best value is likely to be had […]
Four Saturday stakes races - including one restricted to Maryland-breds – highlight the weekend of racing at Laurel Park. For wagering purposes, the best value is likely to be had in the day’s seventh race, the $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes for three-year-old fillies sprinting seven furlongs on the dirt. While the Kentucky-bred Crazy About Me has been installed as the 2-1 morning line choice, she’s also been assigned the outside post in the 13-horse field, and will have to overcome any speed breaking inside of her.
Favorite tries stakes for the first time
Recent results have shown that she can get to the front early, and she’s been more than impressive in winning her last five starts, several of those by open lengths. At the same time, several of those wins have come against relatively small fields, and in lower claiming company. This will be her first try at any stakes level. In the meantime, 3-1 second choice Fully Living was most recently sixth in the Grade II Lexus Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland, and prior to that finished second in the Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth.
Maddy's Dance could be primed for upset
At longer odds of 15-1 is Maddy’s Dance, who is coming off a 14-1 score in the Maryland Million Distaff, run at the same seven-furlong distance, and a race in which she defeated multiple-stakes winner Ju Ju Eyeballs. In 12 starts this year, the Pennsylvania-bred Maddy’s Dance has hit the board eight times, including four wins, and she was fifth this summer in the Grade II Delaware Oaks. Another long shot that could get on the ticket is Sunlit City, who has gone wire-to-wire to win three allowance events in a row and who will be stretching out here.
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.