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!
Nine Long Distance Runners Set for $150,000 Valedictory Stakes
On Saturday, the featured race at Woodbine is the 62nd edition of the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes. The Grade 3 contest is scheduled to be run at a mile and three-quarters on the synthetic main track and has drawn a field of nine colts and geldings.
Topping the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 is Turkish for trainer Tino Attard. A five-year-old gelded son of Istan, the chestnut is trying to earn the first stakes win of his career and improve off of a sixth-place finish in the 2013 running of the Valedictory. He was last seen defeating four rivals in an allowance race by eleven-lengths as the favorite to earn his fourth career victory. Regular rider Emma-Jayne Wilson will be aboard from post position four.
Former Canadian champion Pender Harbour looms large
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Pender Harbour, the Sovereign Award winner for champion three-year-old in 2011 after winning the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Breeders’ Stakes. The eleven-time winner has bankrolled over $1.6 million in earnings and will be trying to earn the first graded stakes victory of his career. Trained by Michael DePaulo, the six-year-old gelded son of Philanthropist will have his usual pilot, Luis Contreras, in the irons from post two.
Surface switch to synthetics for well-travelled Manighar (FR)
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is the veteran gelding, Manighar (FR) for trainer Graham Motion. The globe-travelling son of Linamix (FR) is a former Group 2 winner with over $3.6 million in career earnings from ten victories. He made his North American debut in May after a seven-month hiatus and has been ninth in both starts. He will be trying synthetics for the first time after racing exclusively on turf and will have Patrick Husbands aboard from the rail.
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.