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Baffert and Medina Spirt Could Leave Door Wide Open For Others at 2021 Preakness Stakes

2021 Preakness Stakes betting

At the onset of the week is turmoil at the Preakness Stakes.  Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit may not be the winner much longer.  Medina Spirit failed a Sunday post-Derby drug test.  If he fails the second test, he will be stripped of his win.  As a result of this, Medina Spirit’s status with the 2021 Preakness Stakes Odds is jeopardized.  Mandaloun will be declared Kentucky Derby winner if Median Spirt is ruled disqualified.  Problematic is that Mandaloun isn’t at Pimlico.  The horse was held out of the Preakness.  Cause by having no Triple Crown shot.

2021 Preakness Stakes Odds

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Location: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
TV Coverage: NBC

2021 Preakness Stakes CashBet Odds Overview

If Medina Spirit flunks his second Kentucky Derby post-race test, will he even run the Preakness?  Subsequently, could Mandaloun be recruited for the Preakness on short notice?  Are other viable alternatives there with the sportsbook odds?  These questions and more are being tossed around at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course.   Indeed the entire theme of the Preakness Stakes is uncertainty.  Concert Tour is the other Baffert-trained horse at the Preakness.  And the second choice of gamblers on the board.  If Medina Spirit is out, Concert Tour would likely emerge as the favorite.

Cause by all of the buzz is it a good idea to look down the card.  There are some well-rested quality options for 2021 Preakness Stakes betting.  These are horses that can bring a legitimate chance for victory at an excellent price.  Also, there is a pending review of the Maryland Jockey Club.  They released a Monday statement about their efforts to ensure a clean race.  Let’s take a look at the potential Preakness sleepers for Saturday with all of this in mind.

France Go De Ina Seen as Better Than His Record Indicates

Namely, Hideyuki Mori trains France Go De Ina.  This colt was bred in Kentucky with a pedigree of Will Take Charge and Dream Blues by Curlin.  France Go De Ina is well-rested.  His last race was at the Grade 2 UEA Derby on March 27, 2021.  In sum, he finished in 6th place.  His original race was the Newcomer in Tokyo.  France Go De Ina finished 4th in that run.  Compared to other 2021 Preakness Stakes wagering contenders, France Go De Ina doesn’t have a great record.  But he has long been thought to have strong potential.

Unbridled Honor Brings Pletcher Training Advantage

It is true that Bob Baffert is the biggest name in horse racing.  But Todd Pletcher is a well-respected horseman with an impressive resume too.  Pletcher led horses to wins at the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.  Yet he has never beaten the Preakness Stakes Odds.  This year may be his best chance.  Unbridled Honor is coming off a second-place finish at the Grade 3 Lexington on April 10.  He has one win in five starts for his career.  Although his record is erratic, the current Baffert situation leaves an opening.  Todd Pletcher knows what he is doing and will have Unbridled Honor prepared.

Venerable D. Wayne Lucas Leads Ram to the Gate

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lucas, age 85, is still going strong.  Lucas has collected an astounding 25 Eclipse Awards for his career.  Most important of all, Lucas has six Preakness Stakes wins.  Ram is coming off consecutive wins in his last two starts on May 1 and April 16.  Saturday marks his first graded race.  Ram could be a big-time surprise with the 2021 Preakness Stakes Odds.  Lucas loves the Preakness Stakes and has the resume of success to prove it.  Specifically, Lucas says the Preakness is more fun and less stressful than the Kentucky Derby.


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