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!
Pletcher Pair Formidable in $100,000 Curlin Stakes
2/1 morning line favorite, Tommy Macho, exits a tough edition of the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes July 4 at Belmont, where the Todd Pletcher-trainee finished third behind a pair of […]
2/1 morning line favorite, Tommy Macho, exits a tough edition of the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes July 4 at Belmont, where the Todd Pletcher-trainee finished third behind a pair of elite runners in Speightster and Texas Red. The Curlin Stakes, while solid, doesn’t feature any runners of that caliber, giving Tommy Macho a decidedly easier challenge. The Dwyer was the son of Macho Uno’s first stakes try after defeating maiden special weight and allowance foes in consecutive starts. Tommy Macho has two wins in four career starts to go with two third-place efforts. Veteran jockey, Edgar Prado, gets the call breaking from post 7.
Stanford has class edge
Stanford (5/2) is part of a potent uncoupled entry for Pletcher, and will be formidable in this spot following his impressive win in the Long Branch Stakes July 11 at Monmouth. Stanford made the Kentucky Derby field earlier in the spring, but his connections opted to skip the race after watching the colt train in the week leading up to the Run for the Roses. Stanford finished a close second in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby in March and followed that effort with another second in the Easy Goer Stakes in June at Belmont.
Can't dismiss Tekton
Tekton (3/1) finished second in the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes June 21 at Monmouth and is an improving runner for trainer Anthony Dutrow.
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.