Early Tuesday morning, coach Bob Baffert acknowledged that Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit was treated with Otomax after suffering from dermatitis after the Santa Anita Derby. The ointment contains the banned drug betamethasone, which could have led to Medina Spirit testing positive after his victory in the Race for the Roses.
As part of a agreement reached Tuesday night, Baffert will allow Maryland Jockey Club officials to “perform rigorous testing and testing” during the week leading up to the race in exchange for Medina Spirit being allowed to compete.
Integrity, responsibility and safety in our sport are principles that 1 / ST RACING puts above all … We are well aware of the public outcry and calls to action that have been the natural result of a positive drug in one of the most iconic places. careers in our sport and we share disappointment and concern. While the integrity of our sport is of the utmost importance, people in authority have a responsibility to follow the rules even as we seek to enforce them. We can’t just make things up as we go along and we trust that competitors, punters, and fans will understand the importance of adhering to that principle. (Craig Fravel, CEO, 1 / ST RACING)
The Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, witnessed the pole draw and opening odds revealed Tuesday with Medina Spirit among the field of 10. Medina Spirit will come out of the No. 3 spot and was listed as the prohibitive 9 / 5 morning line favorite at the $ 1 million Preakness.
The Concert Tour, which did not run in the Derby after a shocking third place in the Arkansas Derby (G1), is easily the biggest threat to Medina Spirit and has installed itself with 5/2 odds on the morning line, breaking No. 10 spot. Midnight Bourbon, who finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby, tied for No. 5 and is on the list with odds of 5-1.
According to punters, of all the newcomers on the field, Chad Brown’s Crowded Trade slots ran slightly on the fourth bet with odds of 10-1 on the morning line.
Let’s take a look at the field and the starting odds after today’s post position draw for the illustrious race.
2021 PREAKNESS BET PROFILES
A LOOK AT THE FIELD
Spirit of Medina (9/5)
- POST NUMBER: Number 3
- JOCKEY: John Velázquez / TRAINER: Bob Baffert
- RECORD: 6 starts: 3-3-0
- TOP EQUIBASE SPEED FIGURE: 110
After Medina Spirit won ($ 26.20) Kentucky Derby 147 all #SIPRO members were also able to reach the exact $ 2 ($ 503) with Mandaloun. My formula has now correctly picked the winner and the exact one in 7 of the last 11 Kentucky Derby and has also cashed in trifecta tickets in 6 of the last 14 races of the prestigious race. Baffert, who now has seven career wins at Run for the Roses, won four of the last five races with American Pharaoh in 2015, Justify in 2018 and Authentic last year. This son of Clever is the horse to beat in Preakness Stakes.
Concert tour (5/2)
- POST NUMBER: # 10
- JOCKEY: Mike Smith / TRAINER: Bob Baffert
- RECORD: 4 starts: 3-0-1
- TOP EQUIBASE SPEED FIGURE: 105
Concert Tour, who was eliminated from the Derby, was seen finishing third in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 4 after finding the winner’s circle in the first three starts of his career, highlighted by victories at the Rebel and San Vicente Stakes. .
Midnight bourbon (5/1)
- POST NUMBER: Number 5
- JOCKEY: Irad Ortiz / TRAINER: Steve Asmussen
- RECORD: 8 starts: 2-2-3
- TOP EQUIBASE SPEED FIGURE: 99
This son of Tiznow He looked great in his Lecomte Stakes win and was very consistent, ahead of his sixth place in the Kentucky Derby, hitting the slate in the previous seven races of his career. Coach Steve Asmussen trades Irad Ortiz at the irons for the Preakness Stakes. This colt seems to always be up to the task and is not a horse that bettors should be looking for easily to shed any trifecta or superfecta.
Crowded commerce (10/1)
- POST NUMBER: No. 4
- JOCKEY: Javier Castellano / TRAINER: Chad Brown
- RECORD: 3 starts: 1-1-1
- TOP EQUIBASE SPEED FIGURE: 105
He was last seen finishing third at the Wood Memorial after posting his career best figure in his second place at the Gotham Stakes on March 3. Chad Brown should always be respected and this lightweight racehorse, who has only raced at Aqueduct, adds Javier Castellano in the saddles.
- POST NUMBER: No 6
- JOCKEY: Flavien Prat / TRAINER: Michael McCarthy
- RECORD: 6 starts: 2-1-1
- TOP EQUIBASE SPEED FIGURE: 100
Rombauer posted his best speed figure last time out, but still finished third with 24/1 odds behind Essential Quality and Highly Motivated at the Blue Grass Stakes in April. He still gained a 100 Equibase speed figure despite being hit and compromised at the opening break.
Unbridled honor (1/15)
- POST NUMBER: No. 8
- JOCKEY: Luis Saez / TRAINER: Todd Pletcher
- RECORD: 5 starts: 1-1-0
- TOP EQUIBASE SPEED FIGURE: 98
This son of honor Code He has improved in each of his three starts in 2021, posting a career-best number at the Lexington Stakes, landing a solid second to King Fury with odds of 20/1. You can be sure that coach Todd Pletcher will have Unbridled Honor in top form to hit the board with attractive double-digit odds on Saturday.
Keep me in mind (1/15)
- POST NUMBER: No. 2
- JOCKEY: David Cohen / TRAINER: Robertino Diodoro
- RECORD: 7 starts: 1-2-1
- TOP EQUIBASE SPEED FIGURE: 98
He ran a disappointing seventh at the Kentucky Derby and has really struggled in 2021. After taking a solid third place at the Breeders Cup Juvenile last November, his three races this year as a three-year-old have been disappointing to say the least. . After finishing the track in the Derby, he finished fifth in the Rebel Stakes and sixth in the Blue Grass Stakes. Its recent form makes it difficult to back up.
Risk taking (1/15)
- POST NUMBER: No. 9
- JOCKEY: Jose Ortiz / TRAINER: Chad Brown
- RECORD: 5 starts: 2-0-0
- TOP EQUIBASE SPEED FIGURE: 102
This son of Gold medal he was an impressive winner at the Withers Stakes in February, but then followed up with a disappointing seventh place at the Wood Memorial. After rebounding at first, he never seemed to bounce back at the Wood, but with a clean break he comes across as an attractive target for exotic innings, but a ‘Risk’ to put on top at the Preakness.
France Go de Ina (20/1)
- POST NUMBER: # 7
- JOCKEY: Joel Rosario / TRAINER: Hideyuki Mori
- TOP EQUIBASE SPEED FIGURE: N / A
The only attraction of this entry is seeing the red-hot Joel Rosario between the irons. At first glance, this is a horse that I will be looking to launch on Saturday after his sixth place in the UAE Derby abroad in March.
- POST NUMBER: No. 1
- JOCKEY: Ricardo Santana / TRAINER: D. Wayne Lukas
- TOP EQUIBASE SPEED FIGURE: 88
Ram is an intriguing newcomer to the Preakness Stakes arena. He has made tremendous strides winning his last two races at the maiden and subsidy ranks. This son of American pharaoh He is an improving horse for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, but his top speed figure of 88 places him well below the entire field.
IN NUMBERS: BALANCE TOP SPEED FIGURES
Be sure to check out Derby Week here at Betting YES As me and Winstar Farms coach Destin Heath will have our picks for the Preakness Stakes later this week!
Over the course of 2020 and through 2021, our Senior Gaming Analyst and Vegas Insider, Frankie Taddeo, shared his horse racing handicap formula that correctly predicted the next winners in Betting YES:
Travers Stakes – Exacta (8/1), Trifecta (36/1)
Blue grass stakes – Exacta (12/1), Trifecta (60/1) and Superfecta (443/1)
Frizette Stakes – Exacta Cold
Desi Arnaz Stakes – Exact (31/1)
Ontario Derby – Trifecta (72/1)
Tropical grass stakes – Trifecta (37/1) – 2021 *
Rebel Stakes – Concert tour – Winner
The Kentucky derby – Medina Spirit (13/1) and Exacta (251/1)
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.