The 146th running of the Preakness Stakes happens at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Though last year’s edition was run in October as the final jewel of the American Triple Crown, this year the Preakness returns to its traditional spot. 10 top three-year-olds will go 1 3/16 miles, competing for a $1 million purse and status as a Classic winner.
Keep reading for expert 2021 Preakness Stakes picks, as well as the best places to bet the Preakness Stakes online.
Preakness Stakes Online Betting
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Preakness Stakes Horses
The 2021 Preakness field, with Preakness trainers and jockeys as well as official morning lines, is as follows:
- Ram – D. Wayne Lukas/Ricardo Santana, Jr. (30-1)
- Keepmeinmind – Robertino Diodoro/David Cohen (15-1)
- Medina Spirit – Bob Baffert/John Velazquez (9-5)
- Crowded Trade – Chad Brown/Javier Castellano (10-1)
- Midnight Bourbon – Steve Asmussen/Irad Ortiz, Jr. (5-1)
- Rombauer – Michael McCarthy/Flavien Prat (12-1)
- France Go De Ina – Hideyuki Mori/Joel Rosario (20-1)
- Unbridled Honor – Todd Pletcher/Luis Saez (15-1)
- Risk Taking – Chad Brown/Jose Ortiz (15-1)
- Concert Tour – Bob Baffert/Mike Smith (5-2)
Though these are the morning line odds, the morning line is just a guess as to what each horse’s odds will be on race day, and they are subject to change. Your best bet is to check online Preakness odds before the race and make sure to place your bet and lock in your odds when you see an enticing price on the Preakness horse you want to bet.
Read on for the odds for the major Preakness contenders at top Canadian sportsbooks:
Preakness Stakes Handicapping
The likely favourite in the 2021 Preakness Stakes, assuming he is allowed to run, is Medina Spirit. His entry into the Preakness is contingent on passing a pre-race drug test. Should he race, he has a strong chance. His trainer Bob Baffert has won the Preakness seven times already and has never run worse than second with a Kentucky Derby winner.
Medina Spirit has a good post, relatively inside, and a good running style for the Preakness. He should be forward from the outset, and he is extremely game when a horse tries to come from behind and challenge him. However, Medina Spirit will probably be an extremely short price in the win pool.
Bob Baffert also entered Concert Tour in the Preakness. Concert Tour has not run since a disappointing third in the Arkansas Derby, a race that was weaker this year than it has been most recent years. Given his outside draw and the fact that he will have to contend with another pace, it is difficult to get excited about the betting Concert Tour at relatively short odds.
Midnight Bourbon ran sixth in the Preakness Stakes. He ran well given the circumstances; a tough start kept him off the early lead, but he stayed interested and rallied to finish sixth. A better break should have him near the front from the outset, and he is consistent and game enough to be a factor from start to finish for strong Preakness trainer Steve Asmussen.
The most interesting horse from a betting perspective is Crowded Trade. The better of two Chad Brown entrants, Crowded Trade is tactically versatile and very well drawn. He also fits the profile of Chad Brown’s other Preakness winner: a lightly-raced, later-blooming horse who got some underneath shares in Kentucky Derby preps in New York.
Preakness Stakes Longshots
The best of the longshots in the Preakness is Rombauer. He ran a good third behind Essential Quality in the Blue Grass, sitting closer to the pace than ever. That new, the more tactical style suggests he may be able to carve out a trip in the Preakness. Furthermore, trainer Michael McCarthy is extremely good with horses shipping out to race.
Though Unbridled Honor’s late-running style raises questions about him on the win end, he has a good chance to run into the exotics. He rallied to finish a good second behind King Fury in the Lexington, and the presence of several speed horses in the Preakness means he may be able to pass quite a few to capture a share for hot trainer Todd Pletcher.
Preakness Stakes Best Bets
- $20 to win – #4 Crowded Trade
- $1 exacta box – #3 Medina Spirit, #4 Crowded Trade, #5 Midnight Bourbon
- $1 trifecta box – #3 Medina Spirit, #4 Crowded Trade, #5 Midnight Bourbon, #6 Rombauer
- 20 cent superfecta box – #3 Medina Spirit, #4 Crowded Trade, #5 Midnight Bourbon, #6 Rombauer, #8 Unbridled Honor
Preakness Stakes Undercard
The entire week at Pimlico is full of excellent betting opportunities. Friday’s card at Pimlico features six stakes races including the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2), a historic race that drew 10 top three-year-old fillies.
Saturday’s Preakness Day card at Pimlico offers a total of ten stakes races. Nine of them are for Thoroughbreds. Graded stakes on Saturday other than the Preakness include the Gallorette (G3), Maryland Sprint (G3), and the Dinner Party (G2). The card concludes with the UAE President Cup (G1), a $100,000 race for Arabian horses.