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 Seven Set for $30,000 Violet Handicap
On Wednesday at Charles Town, the featured race is the $30,000 Violet Handicap. The seven-furlong contest has attracted a field of seven fillies and mares.
Flattering Bea headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Crystal Pickett. Bred and owned by James Arrison, the five-year-old daughter of Flatter is a two-time stakes winner and has won five of her twenty career starts. She has finished seventh in both starts this year and was last seen taking on graded stakes company in the Barbara Fritchie (G2) at Laurel. Jose Montano will be in the irons and they will break from post position six.
Stakes debut for Misszippityslewda
David Jacobson will send out Misszippityslewda as the second choice at odds of 5-2 on the morning line. A five-year-old daughter of City Zip, the chestnut mare has won three of her thirteen outings and will be making her first start against black-type competition. She was last seen finishing third against optional claiming competition at Aqueduct in her second start of the year. She will have Angel Cruz aboard from post position two.
Locally-based Dimples going for first stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 5-1 is Dimples for trainer Damon Dilodovico. A five-year-old daughter of Bob and John, she will be trying to earn the first stakes win of her career and has five total victories to her credit. She was last seen finishing third against optional claiming competition at Charles Town and will get a jockey change to Jevian Toledo. They are scheduled to break from post position seven.
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.