Post Time, TV Schedule, Odds And Picks For Medina Spirit, Concert Tour, And More For The Preakness Stakes 2021
When is the preakness : The Preakness Stakes in 2021 gets off this evening, putting the second jewel of the Triple Crown on the line.
Here’s all you need to know about the thrilling event that follows the Kentucky Derby and precedes the Belmont Stakes.
When does the Preakness race begin?
The Preakness Stakes 2021 will take place on Saturday, May 15 at approximately 6:50 p.m. ET.
What is the best way for me to watch the Preakness?
The 2021 Preakness will be broadcast on NBC at 5 p.m. ET. The game will be available live on NBCSports.com/live as well as the NBC Sports app.
What are the odds for the Preakness Stakes?
See the table below to locate the whole field at Pimlico Downs, including the post position, latest odds, trainer and jockey information for each horse: Preakness Stakes Odds and Field for 2021
Trainer/Jockey, Post Position, Horse (Morning Line)
1. D. Wayne Lukas / Ricardo Santana, Ram (30-1)
2. Robertino Diodoro / David Cohen’s Keepmeinmind (15-1)
3. Bob Baffert / John Velazquez’s Medina Spirit (9-5)
4. Chad C. Brown / Javier Castellano’s Crowded Trade (10-1),
5. Steven M. Asmussen / Irad Ortiz Jr.’s Midnight Bourbon (5-1),
6. Michael W. McCarthy / Flavien Prat (12-1), Rombauer Hideyuki Mori / Joel Rosario,
7. France Go De Ina (20-1),Todd A.
8. Pletcher / Luis Saez, Unbridled Honor (15-1),
9. Taking Chances (15-1), Chad C. Brown / Jose Ortiz
10. Bob Baffert / Mike Smith Concert Tour (5-2)
11. FanDuel Sportsbook provides Preakness Odds.
Who do I think will win the Preakness?
Sean Zerillo and Mike Conti of the Action Network provide expert Preakness picks and predictions in the video below:
The Preakness in 2021 will be surrounded by controversy, as Medina Spirit will be one of the ten horses in the race at Pimlico.
Following his victory, the Kentucky Derby winner made news when it was announced that the horse had tested positive for a corticosteroid.
The Bob Baffert-trained colt will be under great scrutiny and has experienced rigorous testing coming up to the race.
Despite this, Medina Spirit remains the overwhelming favourite to win the Preakness.
Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes stated that the horse is well rested and that his performance at Churchill Downs a fortnight ago will not hinder him (via PaulickReport.com):
“It was nothing in comparison to him. He appeared to have recovered well from the last race and to be in good spirits.
The entire time we’ve been here, he’s been energetic and cheerful. We’ve been blessed with beautiful weather.
We’ve got some pleasant weather, which has greatly aided our efforts. When you’re in that kind of heat, you’re usually knocked out.”
Medina Spirit, the 9-5 morning line favourite, is barely a hair ahead of Concert Tour, who is 5-2. Concert Tour is another Baffert-trained participant who has won a pair of graded stakes without failing any drug tests.
Concert Tour was arguably one of the most hopeful horses heading into his three-year-old season, but his last race was a letdown.
The horse finished third in his first Grade I race in the Arkansas Derby, snapping a three-race winning streak to begin his career.
He hasn’t been seen since, allowing him to recover for more than a month before the Preakness.
According to AP Sports, both of Baffert’s Preakness entrants have been formally cleared to run:
After these two favourites, there’s a bit of a drop-off, albeit Midnight Bourbon has acceptable odds of 5-1.
The horse made a late surge from behind in the Kentucky Derby, but was unable to cover the gap and placed sixth.
The colt finished first at Churchill Downs and will run in the Preakness.
Midnight Bourbon’s trainer, Steve Asmussen, believes the quick turnaround will offer them an advantage this evening.
He remarked the following (through HorseRacingNation.com) on the distances between the New Orleans Derby, when Midnight Bourbon finished second, and the Kentucky Derby:
“With the previous spacing of his races, absolutely. It’s still two weeks until the Derby, but you’re already gaining ground… Coming into the Derby, Midnight Bourbon had a strong track record.
Because of the break, traffic, and other factors, he wasn’t in the best position to run his best race that day.”
A horse like Midnight Bourbon defying the odds tonight would not be surprising.
Although any of the ten participants might wind up with a blanket of black-eyed Susans, the three favourites stand out.