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!
No Obvious Favorite in Maryland Ladies
Saturday is Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park, with 11 races restricted to Maryland-breds, including nine stakes races. While several of those stakes will be featuring a clear-cut favorite, one […]
Saturday is Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park, with 11 races restricted to Maryland-breds, including nine stakes races. While several of those stakes will be featuring a clear-cut favorite, one that is expected to be more wide open is the $125,000 Maryland Million Ladies Stakes, for three-year-olds and upwards, running 1 1/8 miles on the turf. The lukewarm 3-1 morning line favorite is Mystic Love, who won three of four starts in 2012, including minor stakes scores at Laurel as well as Gulfstream, but who has yet to recapture that form and hasn’t hit the board in four tries in 2013.
Second choice has yet to score a win this season
Facing similar issues is the defending race champ, Pagan Priestess (4-1), who ran off the pace last year before driving through the stretch to win by a length. She followed that up with a low-level AOC win as the favorite, and although she has been placed in allowance events this year, she has yet to find the winner’s circle in five starts. At 6-1 is Monster Sleeping, who ran big at long odds to finish third last time out in the Jameela Stakes behind multiple stakes winner Madame Giry, and Ju Ju Eyeballs, heavy favorite in the Maryland Million Distaff.
Dance With Gio will likely be coming late
An intriguing pick for the exotics at 15-1 could be the four-year-old Dance With Gio. Third in this race last year, she’s coming off a win as the favorite in a mid-level claiming event at Belmont, where she came out of the clouds and was forced to go six-wide at the top of the stretch, and managed to make up more than five lengths on the leader to get up in the final strides to win by 3/4 of a length. She showed the same strong late kick to win at this distance at 21-1 last October in a $75,000 AOC race at Belmont.
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.