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!
Six Set to Go in Grade 2 Goldikova
The Grade 2, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes has drawn just a field of six for the one-mile tilt November 1 at Del Mar, but the race still figures to be plenty competitive with an evenly-matched group heading to post.
Elektrum is the 8/5 morning line favorite for trainer John Sadler after finishing second in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes September 26 at Santa Anita. Prior to that effort, the four year-old daughter of High Chaparral captured the Grade 2 John C. Mabee, and has won 4 of 16 starts to go with 5 runner-up finishes and one third place effort. Victor Espinoza will be in the irons breaking from post six a day after his Breeders’ Cup Classic triumph aboard American Pharoah.
Queen of Sand tries to bounce back
Queen of the Sand (5/2) will break from post 3 under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. The five year-old mare is trained by Patrick Gallagher, and has won 8 of 28 career starts. She will try to rebound after finishing sixth in the Rodeo Drive and eighth in the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon in her last two starts. The classy mare is a graded stakes winner with multiple grades stakes placings to her credit.
Gender Agenda steps up in class
Gender Agenda (3/1) will break from the rail for trainer Carla Gaines as she attempts to step up in class following a fourth-place effort in the Swingtime Stakes October 3 at Santa Anita. In her only prior efforts against graded stakes company, Gender Agenda finished sixth in the Grade 2 Monrovia in January and fourth in the Grade 1 Matriarch to close 2014.
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.