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!
Stephanie's Kitten Seeking Repeat in $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes
On Saturday at Belmont Park, the track will host the $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes. A Grade 1 race for fillies and mares carded at a mile and a quarter on turf, the race is part of the Breeders Cup Challenge series and qualifies the winner for the Filly and Mare Turf (G1).
Stephanie’s Kitten, one of five horses entered for trainer Chad Brown, tops the field as the morning line favorite at 9-5 odds. A six-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy bred and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, she won the Flower Bowl Stakes (G1) last year and went on to run second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1). She has one win from four starts this year and was second in the Beverly D. Stakes (G1) last time out. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be aboard and they will break from the rail.
Curvy (GB) making stateside debut
Second choice at morning line odds of 2-1 is Curvy (GB) for trainer David Wachman. A three-year-old daughter of Galileo (GB), she has won four of her nine starts and will be making her first North American start after competing in Europe. She was purchased for over $1.3 million as a yearling and will be trying for her first graded stakes win. Jockey Wayne Lordan will be aboard and they will break from post eight.
Watsdachances (IRE) going for two in a row
Also in the field at morning line odds of 5-1 is Watsdachances (IRE), another mare trained by Chad Brown. A five-year-old daughter of Diamond Green (FR), she has won six of her eighteen starts and has two wins from three starts against graded stakes company this year. She won the Beverly D. Stakes (G1) last time out and is scheduled to break from post five under jockey Joe Bravo as she goes for two in a row.
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.