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!
OTB Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile
The 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships kicks off on Friday, November 1 from Santa Anita Race track in Arcadia, California. Fourteen races make up the weekend of action, with five […]
The 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships kicks off on Friday, November 1 from Santa Anita Race track in Arcadia, California. Fourteen races make up the weekend of action, with five races on Friday, and nine more on Saturday. The third race on Friday is the $1,000,000 Dirt Mile, for three-year-olds and up. The race is expected to be a clash between Goldencents and Verrazano, two horses that went into the Triple Crown series last spring with high hopes, but both of whom failed to produce a good result in the Kentucky Derby (both) or the Preakness Stakes (Goldencents).
Top two want to show they belong with the best
For Goldencents, the 1 1/4 miles in the Derby was probably just too far for a horse with no distance ability in his pedigree. After winning the 1 1/8 miles Santa Anita Derby, the connections can’t be faulted for taking a shot at the Run for the Roses, but he’s a sprinter, and should be on or very near the lead for the Dirt Mile. For Verrazano, if you throw out the Derby (and recall it was run on a sloppy track) he’s undefeated in his career against the very best horses in the country – until last time out, when he was seventh in the 1 1/4 miles Grade I Travers.
Speed could set things up for a closer
With Goldencents and a few other front-running speedsters in the projected lineup, the race may very well set up for a hard-charging closer, such as Hymn Book. Although yet to win this year, he’s been in the money in all three of his races, each time coming from off the pace to get a piece of the final results, and in June he finished ahead of Mucho Macho Man, one of the favorites for the BC Classic. Another choice as a late-runner could be the Brazilian-bred Brujo de Olleros, who seems to be finding his best stride in his second year of US racing.
Post time for the Dirt Mile is 3:05 PM PDT
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.