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!
Speedy Vosburgh Field Makes For Tricky Betting Race
The Grade 1 $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes Saturday, September 27 at Belmont features a field of eight sprinters going six furlongs in what projects to be a very fast race with blazing early fractions.
In a race loaded with early speed, Palace (2/1) could benefit once again from his ability to stalk the early fractions and pounce in the stretch. The Linda Rice trainee employed similar tactics his last two races winning the Vanderbilt and Forego – both Grade 1 events at Saratoga. Palace might be handicapped by breaking from the rail, but it should be noted that he also broke from the one-hole in his Vanderbilt win. Palace has also shown a liking for the local surface, recording three wins and two seconds in five starts on the Belmont dirt.
Salutos Amigos has the right style
Salutos Amigos (6/1) ran an exceptional race against allowance foes August 31 at Saratoga recording a 106 Beyer Speed Figure despite losing to the ultra-talented River Rocks. Salutos Amigos is another horse that can sit just off the early speed and pass horses turning for home. Trainer David Jacobson is hitting at a 25% clip with horses making their second start off the layoff which is the case with Salutos Amigos in the Vosburgh.
Private Zone looking to repeat
Defending Vosburgh winner Private Zone (7/2) may actually represent value for handicappers after returning from a nine month layoff to run fourth in the Grade 3 Turf Monster at Parx. Private Zone is back to his best surface for Alfredo Velazquez, but must avoid a speed duel with Happy My Way (3/1).
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.