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!
Ready For More Seeks First Stakes Win
Ready for More will get the chance to prove he’s ready to move into the winner’s circle at the stakes level on Sunday at Santa Anita, when he faces a […]
Ready for More will get the chance to prove he’s ready to move into the winner’s circle at the stakes level on Sunday at Santa Anita, when he faces a tough field of turf sprinters in the $75,000 Clocker’s Corner Handicap. The race is for four-year-olds going 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course. The six-year-old Ready for More goes into the race as the provisional morning line favorite at 3-1, despite the fact he has never won at the stakes level, and will be facing several with graded-stakes wins to their credit.
Other challengers have more stakes experience
Going in recent form, however, Ready for More gets the benefit of the doubt, as he comes into this after easily clearing the field to win just two weeks ago to win on the same downhill course in an AOC event. Getting the nod as co-second choice at 7-2 is El Commodore, who most recently finished second in the Grade III Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita, beaten just a half-length by the multiple graded-stakes placed Unbridled’s Note. Also at 7-2 is Street Swap, who had won back-to-back allowance races before being put on the shelf last May.
Graded-stakes winners in the Clocker's field
Of the others, Drill (8-1) is trying to find the form that led him to win three graded-stakes events back in 2012, including the Grade I Del Mar Futurity. Last year was a frustrating one for his connections, as he finished fourth in five different graded-stakes races. He’s already run once in 2014, finishing third in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes. Also in the field is Boat Trip (4-1), who followed up a disappointing twelfth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint with a win in the Hollywood Turf Express Handicap.
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.