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!
Triple Crown Talk: Let the Discussion Begin
This, of course, is natural when a Derby favorite lives up to the hype and looks as visually impressive as American Pharoah did in the week leading up to the […]
This, of course, is natural when a Derby favorite lives up to the hype and looks as visually impressive as American Pharoah did in the week leading up to the Derby and while earning his stripes in the pressure-packed race. In short, the Bob Baffert trainee has generated the kind of buzz that has some believing he can accomplish what has eluded the best three year-old colts over the last four decades. So, after watching American Pharoah earn the first jewel of the Triple Crown, which of his three year-old rivals present the most pressing challenge?
Derby second and third place finishers are legit
First, there’s his stablemate Dortmund, who ran a game race in the Kentucky Derby while finishing third after setting the pace. According to Baffert’s post-Derby comments, Dortmund is likely to compete in the Preakness, and could be a more stubborn rival if given the opportunity to stalk the pace instead of creating it. Then there’s Firing Line, the second place finisher in the Derby who forced American Pharoah to labor in the final stages before yielding. Firing Line is also a probable Preakness starter according to his connections, and could find the shorter distance more to his liking.
Freshened for New York
Two more horses who made favorable Derby impressions are Materiality who finished sixth after a troubled beginning and fourth-place finisher Frosted who was the only colt who closed any ground over the lightening fast Churchill Downs strip. Both horses would seem to be more likely candidates for the Belmont Stakes than the Preakness. If American Pharoah is able to escape the Preakness, both Materiality and Frosted will be well-rested for the grueling Belmont that has been the undoing of so many Triple Crown hopefuls including California Chrome and Big Brown in recent years. It’s worth noting the Materiality is a son of 2005 Preakness and Belmont winner Afleet Alex. One thing seems certain: if American Pharoah is able to win the Triple Crown, he will have beaten a deep and talented cast of three year-olds.
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.