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!
Summer Front Headlines Strong Field for $300,000 Maker's Mile
Christophe Clement will saddle Summer Front as the favorite at odds of 8-5 on the morning line. A six-year-old son of War Front, he is an eight-time winner and will […]
Christophe Clement will saddle Summer Front as the favorite at odds of 8-5 on the morning line. A six-year-old son of War Front, he is an eight-time winner and will be trying to earn the first Grade 1 victory of his career. He has gone winless since scoring in the Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (G2) in January of 2014 and was second in his first start of this year, the Frank E. Kilrole Mile (G1). Victor Espinoza will be in the irons and they will break from post position three.
Jack Milton making second start off of a layoff
Second choice at 7-2 on the morning line is Jack Milton for trainer Todd Pletcher. A five-year-old son of War Front, he has won four of his fourteen career starts and is a two-time graded stakes winner. In his first start of the year, he finished fourth in the Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) after he returned off of a five-month layoff. Javier Castellano will be aboard and they will break from the outside post.
Za Approval a seasoned veteran on the turf
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Za Approval for trainer Mark Casse. Bred and owned by Live Oak Stud, the seven-year-old gelded son of Ghostzapper has won eight times over the course of his career and is a multiple graded stakes winner. He was fourth in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) last time out at Santa Anita and will have Mike Smith back in the irons from post position six.
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.