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!
The Pizza Man Takes On Eight in $300,000 Northern Dancer
On Sunday at Woodbine, the track will host the 9th edition of the $300,000 Northern Dancer. The Grade 1 event will be run at one and a half miles on the turf and has drawn a field of nine colts and geldings.
Headlining the field as the 2-1 morning line favorite is The Pizza Man for trainer Roger Brueggemann. The five-year-old gelded son of English Channel is a perfect three for three this year and has won his last five starts. He was last seen winning the American St. Leger at Arlington Park. Regular rider Florent Geroux will be aboard and the pair will break from the inside post. A Grade 3 winner, he has only won once outside of his home state of Illinois.
Aldous Snow a horse for the course
Second choice at odds of 3-1 is Aldous Snow for trainer Malcolm Pierce. The locally-based five-year-old gelded son of Theatrical is a homebred for owner Sam-Son Farm and has won four of his 21 lifetime starts, all of which have come at Woodbine. He was last seen finishing sixth in the Sky Classic (G2) and will be reunited with jockey Eurico Da Silva who was in the irons for his last win in June. The pair will break from post position seven.
Up and coming Karibou Gardens going for two in a row
Also in the field is Karibou Gardens at morning line odds of 4-1. Bred and owned by Eugene Melynk, the four-year-old son of Flower Alley made his stakes debut a winning one last time out for trainer Josie Carroll with a minor upset victory in the Sky Classic (G2). He has now won four of his eight lifetime starts and is going for his third consecutive victory. Luis Contreras will be back aboard and has been the pilot for all but one of his four wins. They are slated to break from post four.
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.