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!
Turf Test For Fillies And Mares in The Eatontown at Monmouth
Fillies and mares will go to the gate on Saturday at Monmouth Park in the $100,000 Eatontown Stakes, a mile and a sixteenth contest scheduled to be run on the turf. The race has drawn a field of nine, including several fillies who began their careers overseas.
The 2-1 morning line favorite is Orion Moon (FR), a daughter of the German stallion Manduro. She made her United States debut last June for Belmont Stakes winning trainer Christophe Clement and has won two of her five North American starts. Though winless from two attempts this year, she has only been beaten a neck and a head against quality competition. Popular jockey “Jersey” Joe Bravo will be back aboard.
Competitive Broken Vow filly looking for first win since last July
Second choice on the morning line at 4-1 is the Michael Trombetta-trained daughter of Broken Vow, Lonesome Town. The Robert Evans Kentucky-bred mare is attempting to earn her first stakes victory and was defeated only a neck while finishing third in the Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth Park in May. Her last victory came last July at Woodbine against allowance competition.
Rusty Slipper makes her return after a year away from racing
Also in the field is Rusty Slipper who will be making her first start off of over a year-long layoff for trainer Graham Motion. Tabbed at 6-1 off of the bench, the well-bred daughter of Lemon Drop Kid is one of two stakes winners in the field, along with the Anthony Dutrow-trained Lady Ten. She has been training steadily at Fair Hill in preparation for her return to the races and has three wins from five starts.
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.