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!
Richard's Kid Wins Second Cougar II
All it took was a trip “home” to Del Mar for Maryland-bred superstar Richard’s Kid to break the longest losing streak of his career. On Friday, the eight-year-old son of […]
All it took was a trip “home” to Del Mar for Maryland-bred superstar Richard’s Kid to break the longest losing streak of his career. On Friday, the eight-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid drove to a determined win in the $100,000 Grade III Cougar II Handicap for the second year in a row, and his first win in 11 starts, dating back to his 2012 win in the same event. It was the sixth graded-stakes victory lifetime for the two-time Maryland Horse of the Year.
Tracks down favorite in final strides to the wire
In very similar fashion to last year’s race – where he set the course record for 1 ½ miles at 2:29.22 – Richard’s Kid, with jockey Joe Talamo, broke well from the gate and then settled near the back of the seven-horse field, but within short striking distance of pacesetter Blueskisnrainbows. Sitting in third just a head off the lead at the top of the straight, Richard’s Kid dug in to fight a battle with favorite Sky Kingdom, and managed to just get by that one at the wire to finish a half-length in front.
Former BC Classic contender loves Del Mar
Richard’s Kid now runs his lifetime record to 12 firsts, three seconds and 12 thirds in 46 starts, with a sixth-place finish in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic, and a fifth-place finish in the Classic in 2012. His purse earnings now sit at just under $2.5 million. During his illustrious career he has raced and represented Maryland-breds across the US, running in Maryland, California and Kentucky, as well as overseas in Dubai. But it’s obvious he like Del Mar best, as he has never been worse than third in seven races at the San Diego track.
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.