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!
Two Near Misses at Saratoga for MD Breds
It’s been a tough past few days for Maryland breds competing in two stakes events at the summer meet at the Spa in Saratoga, New York. And as luck would […]
It’s been a tough past few days for Maryland breds competing in two stakes events at the summer meet at the Spa in Saratoga, New York. And as luck would have it, veteran jockey Joel Rosario was involved both times, first when Richard Golden’s two-year-old Speightstown filly Who’s In Town appeared to have won her first graded stakes try, only to be disqualified to fourth. Rosario was also on Columbine Stable’s filly Malibu Moon, who went off as the 1-4 favorite of the Coronation Cup Stakes, only to be out-finished at the wire.
Winner has her number taken down
Who’s in Town was looking for her second win in two lifetime starts in the Grade II $200,000 Adirondack Stakes on Sunday, going six and one-half furlongs on the dirt. After a bobble-and-bump at the gate, and another bump with longshot Designer Legs a few jumps in, she managed to emerge with the lead through the first quarter, ended up battling Designer Legs to the wire and appeared to win by a head, but was DQ’d to fourth for interference with favorite Fiftyshadesofgold , who was making a late run up the rail.
Magical Moon settles for second again
It was perhaps even more of a disappointment for Magical Moon in the Coronation on Monday, as the three-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon settled for second once again, giving her three runner-up finishes in six races in 2013. Coming off a two-month layoff after taking an allowance event at Churchill in June, Magical Moon found herself on a blistering speed duel with Lignite, ripping off fractions of 21.37 for the first quarter and 43.92 for the half. She was able to put Lignite away as they turned for home, but couldn’t hold off the late charge of 13-1 Jewel of a Cat.
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.