Will the Circus Surrounding Cheating Derail the Preakness for Medina?
The Grade I, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, second leg of the 2021 Triple Crown, is set for Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. A field of 10, including Kentucky Derby winner MEDINA SPIRIT, will race the 1 3/16th-mile event. Post time for the Preakness, Race #13, is 6:52 pm ET. The race can be seen nationally on NBC.
#3 MEDINA SPIRIT (9-5, morning line favorite) will get his shot at the second leg of the Triple Crown despite the failed drug test at the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. After an agreement with Preakness Stakes officials, Bob Baffert has been authorized to enter the colt pending a review at Churchill Downs. He is definitively the horse to beat with elite rider John Velazquez on the saddle.
#10 CONCERT TOUR (5-2) his speed is probably the biggest advantage in the race and jockey “Big Money” Mike Smith knows it. A wire-to-wire win from the second Bob Baffert-trained horse in the race would be no surprise here. Baffert will have a shot at the title for all-time Preakness Stakes victories with Concert Tour and Medina Spirit.
#5 MIDNIGHT BOURBON (5-1) had a solid performance in the Derby two weeks ago. Even though he finished sixth, it was mainly because of a poor start. If he positions himself well from the gate, there’s high chances of causing an upset. If you are looking for a longshot, place Midnight at the top of your list. The play ($40 budget): $14 exacta 3/10,5, $4 exacta 10,5/3, $2 exacta box 10/5
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