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!
Majestic Affair Headlines Field for $100,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes
The featured race at Laurel Park on Thursday is the $100,000 Frank Whitely Jr. Stakes. The seven-furlong contest has drawn a field of nine three-year-old colts and geldings.
Majestic Affair looms as the even-money favorite for trainer Chad Brown and is fresh off of a win in the Fred Cappy Capossela Stakes in his sophomore debut on January 2. A chestnut gelded son of Majesticperfection, he has won three of his five starts and is going for his second consecutive stakes win. He has been training steadily since his last race and will have regular rider Kendrick Carmouche aboard from the outside post.
Golden Years training forwardly for sophomore debut
Rodney Jenkins will saddle Golden Years as the second choice at 2-1 odds on the morning line. Purchased for $120,000 as a yearling, the bay son of Not For Love will be making the first start of the year and has been training sharply with a recent bullet workout. The locally-based colt has won three of his four starts and was last seen winning the Marylander Stakes. Regular rider Victor Corrasco, aboard for all four starts, will be in the irons from post six.
Mini Cosmo trying to rebound after Jerome (G3)
Also in the field and a longshot at 20-1 is Mini Cosmo for trainer Graham Motion. A gray son of Unbridled Energy, he is trying to rebound after finishing sixth in the Jerome (G3) and will cut back to sprint after going two turns in both recent starts. He broke his maiden at Laurel in his career debut as a juvenile and has two wins from four outings. Frankie Pennington will be back aboard and they will break from post position eight.
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.