The 2021 Preakness Stakes will be more than just the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Several 2021 Preakness Stakes contenders who skipped the Kentucky Derby will enter Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course rested and hungry for the winner's circle. At 1 3/16 miles, the Preakness is 1/16th of a mile shorter than the Kentucky Derby, but the rowdy crowds that pack Pimlico make it just as exciting as the Run for the Roses.
Carrying 7-2 Preakness Stakes odds 2021, can Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit move one step closer to the Triple Crown with a win? Will stablemate Concert Tour (9-1), who skipped the Kentucky Derby, defeat Medina Spirit at Pimlico? With so much to consider, you'll want to see what SportsLine's Jody Demling has to say before entering any 2021 Preakness Stakes picks or predictions of your own.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the 2021 Preakness Stakes after a major heater in 2020: At one point last year, he picked the winners of six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes.
This is the same handicapper who has called the Preakness winner nine times in the last 16 years. In last year's Preakness Stakes, Demling nailed the Swiss Skydiver-Authentic exacta. He also correctly faded 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic in the Preakness a year ago, saying "it's a lot to ask to come back after that performance in the Derby less than a month ago."
He opened last season's Triple Crown schedule on a heater too. At last year's Belmont, Demling said Tiz the Law was clearly the class of the field, and Barclay Tagg's horse pulled away for a convincing 3 3/4-length victory. Anyone who has followed him is up huge.
Now, with the 2021 Preakness Stakes lineup taking shape, Demling is sharing his picks and predictions at SportsLine. Go here to see them.
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One shocker: Demling isn't picking Medina Spirit to win the Preakness Stakes 2021, even though the colt just won the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby winner made Bob Baffert the winningest trainer in the history of the Run for the Roses. But the Preakness is a different ballgame, run just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby.
Baffert has trained seven horses to Preakness Stakes wins, most recently with Triple Crown-winner Justify in 2018, but what makes Medina Spirit different is that he didn't enter the Kentucky Derby on a winning streak. The product of Prontico out of Mongolian Changa ran second to Rock Your World at the Santa Anita Derby and second to Life Is Good at the San Felipe Stakes.
Much of Medina Spirit's victorious run in Louisville came down to a superb start and direct route to the front of the 19-horse field. Thoroughbreds don't often get an unobstructed path to the front of the pack and stay there the entire race, and Demling doesn't see it happening again in Maryland. Demling says the Derby champ "is a tough son of a gun," but won't have what it takes to claim the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans on May 15. He's a horse to fade in your 2021 Preakness Stakes bets, according to the expert.
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Instead, Demling is especially high on a horse coming off a "big-time race" who will be "a major contender" at the Preakness. Demling is sharing which horse it is, along with his entire projected leaderboard, over at SportsLine.
Which horse wins the Preakness Stakes 2021? And which huge underdog is a must-back? Check out the latest 2021 Preakness Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling's picks for the Preakness Stakes.
2021 Preakness Stakes odds (from SportsLine experts)
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