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!
Oaklawn Opens with Dixie Belle Stakes
The start of the 2014 winter meet at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, gives simulcast bettors one more option for their wagering choices. Those looking to catch the action […]
The start of the 2014 winter meet at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, gives simulcast bettors one more option for their wagering choices. Those looking to catch the action on Friday’s opening day will focus on the $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes for three-year-old fillies going six furlongs in the dirt. The race has drawn a field of nine entries, with the heavy favorite being More Than Beauty, listed at 8-5. A Kentucky-bred daughter of More Than Ready, she’ll be making her fifth career start, coming into this after a four-month layoff.
Top two have both had good recent form
After breaking her maiden at first asking at Churchill last May, she then ran second in the Debutante Stakes, then went to Prairie Meadows as the favorite and finished a disappointing fifth in the Prairie Gold Lassie Stakes after stumbling coming out of the gate. After a break of six weeks, she has come back to win a mid-level AOC race at Churchill last time out. Second choice here at 5-2 is Street Story, the runner-up three weeks ago in the Letellier Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Others are in with a good shot
Listed as the co-third choice at 6-1 in the ML, Oklahoma-bred Xray Vision is a daughter of multiple graded-stakes winner Pollard’s Vision, and has finished in the money in all five of her career starts, all five coming at Remington Park. She has a pair of wins on her record, and was third last out in the Trapeze Stakes. At 12-1, Silver Valley could have a say in the outcome before all is said and done. Although she only has two wins in five starts, and the first of those was in her maiden debut, she has run in four straight stakes events, winning the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes in mid-summer.
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.