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!
Royal Posse Reigns as Favorite in $100,000 Haynesfield Stakes
On Saturday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the $100,000 Haynesfield Stakes. Restricted to horses bred in New York, the race will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth and has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.
Royal Posse, one of two horses in the race for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, has been tabbed as the heavy favorite at odds of 4-5 on the morning line. A five-year-old son of Posse, the bay gelding is a six-time winner and a multiple stakes winner. After winning a minor stakes race at Gulfstream Park in December, he returned to Aqueduct to finish second in the Jazil Stakes last time out. Junior Alvarado will be in the irons and they will break from post position four.
Saratoga Snacks making first start of the year
Second choice at morning line odds of 5-2 is Saratoga Snacks for trainer Gary Sciacca. A seven-year-old son of Tale of the Cat, the bay ridgling is a nine-time winner and has hit the board a total of nineteen times. He will be making his first start of the year and was last seen finishing second in the Alex M. Robb Stakes at Aqueduct in December. Angel Arroyo will be aboard from the outside post.
Ostrolenka trying to rebound after last race
Also in the field at morning line odds of 12-1 is Ostrolenka for trainer Todd Pletcher. A four-year-old son of Musket Man, the bay colt has won four of his thirteen starts and is a two-time stakes winner. He is trying to rebound and return to form after an eighth-place finish in the Alex M. Robb Stakes. Christopher DeCarlo will be back aboard and they are scheduled to break from post position six.
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.