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!
Wes Welker's Undrafted Makes Seasonal Debut in $200,000 Shakertown Stakes
On Saturday at Keeneland, the track will host the $200,000 Shakertown Stakes as part of the Opening Weekend card. Scheduled to be run at five and a half furlongs on the turf, the Grade 2 event has drawn a field of twelve colts and geldings.
Undrafted headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 and is one of two horses scheduled to be saddled by Wesley Ward. Owned in part by former NFL wide receiver Wes Welker, the six-year-old son of Purim is a five-time winner and was third in this race last year before going on to win at Royal Ascot. He has been freshened since a fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) and will have John Velazquez aboard from post position ten.
Power Alert (AUS) looking for third straight win
Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Power Alert (AUS) for trainer Brian Lynch. A six-year-old gelded son of Alert (AUS), he is a nine-time career winner and has been off to a sharp start this year with two wins from three starts. He has had two straight wins against minor stakes company at Gulfstream Park and was fourth in this race last year. Julian Leparoux will be in the irons and they will break from the rail.
Summation Time trying for breakthrough graded stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Summation Time for trainer Christophe Clement. A five-year-old son of In Summation, he has been on the board in eight of his eleven starts and is trying for his fourth career victory and first graded stakes win. He has been on the bench since finishing second in the Sunshine Millions Turf Sprint Stakes in January. Javier Castellano will be aboard and they will break from post two.
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.