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!
Seven Colts Line up in Grade 3 American Derby
2/1 morning line favorite, World Approval, will break from post six under jockey Jose Lezcano after finishing fourth in the Pennine Ridge Stakes May 30 at Belmont. Prior to that […]
2/1 morning line favorite, World Approval, will break from post six under jockey Jose Lezcano after finishing fourth in the Pennine Ridge Stakes May 30 at Belmont. Prior to that effort, the Mark Casse trainee ran a credible third in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes on May 2 at Churchill Downs. The son of Northern Afleet has won 2 of 6 career starts, and will be making his first appearance at Arlington Park.
Firespike comfortable back on grass
Firespike, the 3/1 second choice, draws the outside post for trainer Michael Maker, as the colt tries to rebound following a seventh-place finish in the American Turf. That effort came after a trio of races on Polytrack surfaces in the spring that yielded a win in the OBS Championship Stakes at Ocala Training Center, a fifth-place performance in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes and a third in the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes – both at Turfway Park. Julien Leparoux gets the call aboard Firespike.
Nun the Less looks to bounce back
Trainer Chris Block will saddle Nun the Less (7/2), another colt exiting the American Turf where he finished sixth. Prior to that effort, the son of Candy Ride had not finished out of the money in his first six starts. Nun the Less has won 3 of 7 starts of earnings of $118,312.
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.