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!
Opening Day at Belmont Features Grade I Winners in Left Bank
With another Saratoga season in the books, New York racing rotates to Belmont and its annual fall meeting which begins September 5 and runs through October 26 with the TVG Super Saturday card scheduled September 27 as the focal point of the 38 racing days.
The opening day card September 5 includes one stakes race – the $100,000 Left Bank for older horses going a mile. While the race draws just six runners, three of those are multiple graded stakes winners. Interestingly, the two Grade I winners – Alpha (5/1 ML) and Golden Ticket (4/1 ML) – dead-heated in the 2012 Travers Stakes. Pants on Fire, a multiple graded stakes winner, is the 2/1 morning line favorite for trainer Kelly Breen who has trained the six year-old for all of the horse’s 26 career starts.
Pants on Fire looking for 2014 win
Pants on Fire enters the race off a second place finish August 17 in the Grade III Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park and will be making his third start in 2014. In his only other start this year, Pants on Fire managed a third place finish in the Grade II Monmouth Cup Stakes in July – his first race in nearly seven months after finishing 2013 with a trip to far east for the Japan Cup Dirt which resulted in a dismal 16th place finish.
One mile right up Golden Ticket's alley
Golden Ticket seems well-suited for the mile distance as his second place finish in the 2013 Breeder’s Cup Mile suggests. Despite his recent struggles finishing ninth, fourth, and fifth in a trio of graded stakes attempts, the Kenny McPeek trainee could rebound.
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.