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!
Wide Open Field of Fourteen Juveniles Set for $1 Million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
The championship action will kick off on Friday at Keeneland as the first day of the Breeders Cup will kick off with the $1 million Juvenile Turf. The Grade 1 race will be contested at one mile on the turf and has drawn a full field of fourteen.
Cymric headlines the competitive group as the morning line favorite at odds of 7-2 for trainer John Gosden. A bay son of top grass sire Kitten’s Joy, he was purchased for $300,000 as a yearling and has won two of his five starts, both of which came in Great Britain. He was second in the Grand Criterium Stakes (G1) in France last time out and will have William Buick in the irons from post thirteen.
Undefeated Airforce strongest U.S. contender
Second choice at morning line odds of 4-1 is Airforce for trainer Mark Casse. Purchased for $350,000 as a yearling, the bay colt is by Colonel John and is undefeated from two starts. After breaking his maiden in his debut, he wheeled back to win the Bourbon Stakes (G3) at Keeneland last time out. Julian Leparoux will remain aboard and they will break from post position eight as he goes for his third straight win.
Azar a consistent and improving competitor
Also in the field at morning line odds of 10-1 is Azar for trainer Todd Pletcher. A dark bay son of Scat Daddy, he fetched $300,000 as a yearling and has one win from four starts. After two tries against maiden company, he stepped up to a stakes race and won the With Anticipation Stakes (G2). He was second, beaten only a neck, in the Pilgrim Stakes (G3) in his next start. John Velazquez will be aboard 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.