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!
Magician Tops Compact Field of Seven for Grade 1 Arlington Million
On Saturday, the $1 million Arlington Million is the showcase of Arlington Parks annual International Festival of Racing. The prestigious Grade 1 will be run at a mile and a quarter on the turf and has drawn an international field of seven.
Headlining the field at 7-5 on the morning line is Magician (IRE) for trainer Aiden O’Brien. The four-year-old colt will be ridden by Joseph O’Brien for his second trip to the United States. In November, he defeated a star-studded field to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. He has one win from five starts this year and was last seen finishing sixth in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot. The bay son of Galileo (IRE) will break from post position two.
Real Solution attempts to repeat
Real Solution will try to defend his title in the Arlington Million and has been tabbed at 5-2 on the morning line for Chad Brown. Last year, the homebred son of Kitten’s Joy won the Arlington Million (G1) via disqualification for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Javier Castellano will remain aboard after piloting the five-year-old to victory in the Manhattan (G1) in June at Belmont Park. Real Solution began his career in Italy and has won five of his thirteen lifetime starts.
Finnegan's Wake sharp off Arlington Handicap
Also in the field is Finnegan’s Wake, a longshot at 12-1 on the morning line for Dale Romans and Donegal Racing. The five-year-old son of Powerscourt (GB) won the Arlington Handicap (G3) in his most recent start as a prep for this race and was fourth in the Million last year. His win last time out was his first since an allowance victory in 2012. He will have Ryan Moore in the irons for the first time.
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.