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!
Sky Flight Takes On Full Field in $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes
On Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, the featured race is the 29th running of the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes. Scheduled to be run at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, the race has drawn a full field of twelve with two additional horses listed as also-eligible.
The morning line favorite at odds of 7-2 in the competitive, wide-open field is Sky Flight for trainer Mark Casse. A four-year-old son of Sky Mesa, he is trying to earn his fourth consecutive victory and was last seen winning the Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream Park. The lightly-raced colt has only four career starts and will be going for his first graded stakes win. Julian Leparoux will be aboard for the first time from post position four.
Margano going for first graded stakes win
Margano, a full-brother to the ill-fated Barbaro, is the second choice on the morning line at odds of 4-1 for trainer Arnaud Delacour. A five-time career winner, the bay gelding will carry the colors of Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stables as he goes for his first graded stakes victory. He was last seen finishing fifth in the William L. Mcknight (G3) at Gulfstream Park. Daniel Centeno will be in the irons and they will break from post position eleven.
Allie's Event has home track advantage
Also in the field at morning line odds of 12-1 is the veteran gelding Allie’s Event. A nine-year-old gelded son of Wild Event trained, owned and bred by Lori Smock, he has won eleven times over the course of his career, six of which came over the Tampa Bay turf course. He was fourth against optional claiming competition last time out after a victory two starts back. Pablo Morales will be back aboard and they will break from the rail.
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.