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!
Talented Cast Assembles for Grade 1 Test Stakes
3/1 morning line favorite, Cavorting, has shown brilliance in her three career wins despite running poorly in the Grade 1 Frizette and Grade 2 Davona Dale in a two-race stretch […]
3/1 morning line favorite, Cavorting, has shown brilliance in her three career wins despite running poorly in the Grade 1 Frizette and Grade 2 Davona Dale in a two-race stretch between October 2014 and February of this year. Cavorting was then idle from February to June, before returning to win the Jersey Girl Stakes June 5 at Belmont for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Cavorting also won the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga in August 2014. The pattern will leave bettors to decide if the real Cavorting is ready to show up after working through some physical issues.
Breeders' Cup hero lands in tough spot
Take Charge Brandi (7/2) could be viewed as a play-against for some bettors, as the D. Wayne Lukas trainee has not raced since winning the Martha Washington Stakes January 31 at Oaklawn. The 2014 Juvenile Fillies winner has enjoyed most of her success running in route races, and looks like she would have to run faster to fit with several contenders in the field. Lukas connects with just 8% of his runners returning from layoffs greater the 180 days.
By the Moon ready to shine
By the Moon is an intriguing item at 8/1 on the morning line for trainer Michelle Nevin. The daughter of Indian Charlie looked like a winner last out in the Grade 1 Acorn before yielding in the final strides to repeat stakes winner Curalina. By the Moon posted a 59-flat, five-furlong bullet workout July 30 at the Spa.
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.