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!
Stakes Debut for Promising Mohaymen in $200,000 Nashua Stakes
On Wednesday at Aqueduct, the featured race on their opening day card is the $200,000 Nashua Stakes. Restricted to two-year-olds, the Grade 2 event will be run at one mile and has drawn a field of eight colts and geldings.
Mohaymen has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 8-5 for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin A gray son of Tapit, he was purchased for $2.2 million as a yearling by Shadwell Stable and is out of the multiple graded stakes winning mare Just Whistle Dixie. He will be stepping up to stakes company for the first time after breaking his maiden in his career debut at Belmont Park and will have Junior Alvarado aboard from post position seven.
Well-bred Sail Ahoy trying to improve off last race
Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Sail Ahoy for trainer Claude McGaughey, III. Bred and owned by Phipps Stable, the bay son of Bernardini is a half-brother to graded stakes winner Point of Entry.. After breaking his maiden in his second start, he was fourth last time out in the Champagne Stakes (G1) and will try to earn his first stakes win. Joel Rosario will be in the irons and they will break from post position six.
New York-bred Flexibility trying open stakes company
Also in the field at morning line odds of 10-1 is Flexibility for trainer Chad Brown. A bay son of Bluegrass Cat, he was purchased for $185,000 in March and will be making his stakes debut. He made his first start a winning one last time out at Belmont Park with a win over fellow New York-bred competition as the favorite. Manuel Franco will be aboard and they are scheduled to break from the outside post.
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.