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!
Loaded Field of Eleven Set for $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita
Catch a Flight (ARG) tops the field of eleven as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Richard Mandella. A five-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, he has […]
Catch a Flight (ARG) tops the field of eleven as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Richard Mandella. A five-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, he has won nine of his fifteen starts and comes into this race off of back to back scores against graded stakes competition. He has been training steadily since winning the Californian (G2) and will have regular rider Gary Stevens aboard as he goes for his first career Grade 1 victory.
Hard-knocking Moreno a threat on the front end
Eric Guillot will saddle Moreno as the second choice at 7-2 on the morning line. A five-year-old gelded son of Ghostzapper, he has been on the board in all four starts this year and had a breakthrough victory in the Charles Town Classic (G2) two starts back. He was second to Catch a Flight (ARG) in the Californian (G2) last time out. Cornelio Velasquez will be back aboard and they will break from post eight.
Finnegans Wake trying to translate form to dirt
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Finnegans Wake for trainer Peter Miller. A six-year-old son of Powerscourt (GB), he will be switching to the dirt after racing primarily on the turf – all seven career victories have come on the grass. He was fourth last time out in the Manhattan (G1) at Belmont Park and will get a jockey change to Mike Smith and they will break from the outside post.
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.