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The list of contenders for the 2021 PREAKNESS STAKES is growing by the day. Review past race stats, recent replays, AI Win %'s and extensive analysis for each runner.

Horse:

RAM
Jockey:
Ricardo Santana Jr.
1
BETMIX SCORE:
648
1/ST BET WIN %:
4%
LAST 5 Races:
1-1-8-7-6
CAREER:
9: 2-1-0
EARNINGS:
$119,615
Pedigree:
American Pharoah-Minor's Secret by Mineshaft / chestnut / 3YO
OWNER:
Christina Baker & William Mack
TRAINER:
D. Wayne Lukas
1/ST BET ANALYSIS:
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ARRIVAL AT PIMLICO
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Son of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has won his last 2 starts after beginning his career 0-7. Scored a convincing allowance victory at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, 85, who has won the Preakness 6 times, including Codex in 1980 and most recently Oxbow in 2013.

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RAM

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Horse:

MEDINA SPIRIT
Jockey:
John Velazquez
3
BETMIX SCORE:
7
1/ST BET WIN %:
31%
LAST 5 Races:
1-2-2-1-2
CAREER:
6: 3-3-0
EARNINGS:
$2,175,200
Pedigree:
PROTONICO-MONGOLIAN CHANGA BY BRILLIANT SPEED / DARK BAY OR BROWN / 3YO
OWNER:
Zedan Racing Stables Inc.
TRAINER:
Bob Baffert
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Kentucky Derby
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The record 7th Kentucky Derby winner trained by Bob Baffert, he led the entire journey in Louisville to score at 12-1 odds. Consistent colt has been first or second in every start, and at one time was considered the third or fourth-best sophomore in his own barn. John Velazaquez and Baffert teamed to win last year's Derby with Authentic, who ran an epic second in the autumn Preakness to Swiss Skydiver. This $35,000 purchase will go down as one of the great Triple Crown bargains.

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MEDINA SPIRIT

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Horse:

CROWDED TRADE
Jockey:
JAVIER CASTELLANO
4
BETMIX SCORE:
96
1/ST BET WIN %:
22%
LAST 5 Races:
3-2-1
CAREER:
3: 1-1-1
EARNINGS:
$179,000
Pedigree:
More Than Ready-Maude S by Jump Start / Chestnut / 3YO
OWNER:
Klaravich Stables
TRAINER:
Chad Brown
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Gotham Stakes
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From the connections who won the 2017 Preakness with Triple Crown newcomer Cloud Computing, this lightly raced colt will be making just his fourth career start. His 3 races this year all have come at New York's Aqueduct Racetrack, including a second in the Gotham and third-place finish in the Wood Memorial. If that sounds familiar, it's the identical resume and results from Cloud Computing's ledger prior to his 13-1 upset at Pimlico. Sire More Than Ready has been responsible for 7 Breeders' Cup champions, most in history.

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CROWDED TRADE

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Horse:

MIDNIGHT BOURBON
Jockey:
Irad Ortiz Jr.
5
BETMIX SCORE:
196
1/ST BET WIN %:
5%
LAST 5 Races:
6-2-3-1-3
CAREER:
8: 2-2-3
EARNINGS:
$461,420
Pedigree:
TIZNOW-CATCH THE MOON BY MALIBU MOON / BAY / 3YO
OWNER:
Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
TRAINER:
Steve Asmussen
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Louisiana Derby
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A bumpy beginning to the Derby took this front-runner out of his preferred, front-end position and could have been disastrous. But he regrouped, changed styles and made a solid run from 12th to 6th in Louisville. A consistent member of the Fair Grounds' sophomore series - which produced 4 of the top 6 Kentucky Derby finishers - he won the Lecomte, finished third in the Risen Star and was runner-up in the Louisiana Derby, never defeated more than 2 lengths in those races. Trainer Steve Asmussen ranks #2 all-time in Thoroughbred victories in North America and seeks his third Preakness win following Curlin (2007) and Rachel Alexandra (2009). He changes riders to 3-time reigning champion jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. for Preakness.

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MIDNIGHT BOURBON

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Horse:

ROMBAUER
Jockey:
FLAVIEN PRAT
6
BETMIX SCORE:
192
1/ST BET WIN %:
4%
LAST 5 Races:
3-1-5-2-6
CAREER:
6: 2-1-1
EARNINGS:
$290,500
Pedigree:
TWIRLING CANDY-CASHMERE BY COWBOY CAL / BAY / 3YO
OWNER:
Diane & John Fradkin
TRAINER:
Michael McCarthy
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El Camino Real Derby
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A Preakness Win & You're In qualifier from Golden Gate Fields' El Camino Real Derby, he's proven a quality colt on both dirt and synthetic surfaces. He was third in the Blue Grass most recently at Keeneland behind eventual Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality. Rombauer has a deep-closing style in his races that will benefit if the early pace is fast in Baltimore.

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ROMBAUER

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Horse:

FRANCE GO DE INA
Jockey:
JOEL ROSARIO
7
BETMIX SCORE:
3500
1/ST BET WIN %:
4%
LAST 5 Races:
6-1-1-4
CAREER:
4: 2-0-0
EARNINGS:
$145,291
Pedigree:
WILL TAKE CHARGE-DREAMY BLUES BY CURLIN / CHESTNUT / 3YO
OWNER:
Yuji Inaida
TRAINER:
Hideyuki Mori
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UAE Derby
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Kentucky-bred, Japanese-raced runner makes his second international trip of 2021 after a journey to the United Arab Emirates Derby in March, where he finished sixth. Previously he won back-to-back races (maiden, allowance) in November and December at Hanshin Racecourse in Japan, both trips on dirt at 1-1/8 miles. He follows 2016 Preakness fifth-place finisher Lani as fellow KY-breds based in Japan prior to a Baltimore foray. France Go De Ina is expected to remain in the US to compete in the Belmont Stakes. France Go De Ina showed some early pace in his races in Japan, but was devoid of early speed when not threatening in the UAE Derby.

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Horse:

UNBRIDLED HONOR
Jockey:
Luis Saez
8
BETMIX SCORE:
384
1/ST BET WIN %:
4%
LAST 5 Races:
2-4-1-4-5
CAREER:
5: 1-1-0
EARNINGS:
$78,550
Pedigree:
HONOR CODE-SILVERY STARLET BY UNBRIDLED'S SONG / GRAY OR ROAN / 3YO
OWNER:
Whisper Hill Farm Inc.
TRAINER:
Todd Pletcher
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Lexington Stakes
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Runner-up in Keeneland's Grade 2 Lexington Stakes on April 10, he's a newcomer to the Triple Crown trail for 2021 Hall of Fame inductee Todd Pletcher. That barn started 4 horses in the Kentucky Derby, but will rely on this fresh face in Baltimore. Unbridled Honor has a deep-closing running style from the back of the pack, which has landed a top-4 finish in each of his last 4 races. Pletcher aims for his first Preakness victory, the only Triple Crown jewel to elude him. Jockey Luis Saez, aboard the losing favorite in the Derby (Essential Quality), will partner with Unbridled Honor for the first time.

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UNBRIDLED HONOR

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Horse:

RISK TAKING
Jockey:
Jose Ortiz
9
BETMIX SCORE:
1458
1/ST BET WIN %:
9%
LAST 5 Races:
7-1-1-6-7
CAREER:
5: 2-0-0
EARNINGS:
$200,030
Pedigree:
MEDAGLIA D'ORO-RUN A RISK BY DISTORTED HUMOR
OWNER:
Klaravich Stables
TRAINER:
Chad Brown
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Withers Stakes
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Entered in the May 8 Peter Pan with an eye toward Belmont, he has been re-routed to a Preakness bid, where he'll join stablemate Crowded Trade. This two-time winner at 1-1/8 miles starred in victory in the Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct. He disappointed as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial when seventh. The alumni for the NYRA winter/spring preps did not fare well in the Kentucky Derby, so Risk Taking will have to step up his game for 2017 Preakness-winning trainer Chad Brown.

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RISK TAKING

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Horse:

CONCERT TOUR
Jockey:
MIKE SMITH
10
BETMIX SCORE:
120
1/ST BET WIN %:
9%
LAST 5 Races:
3-1-1-1
CAREER:
4: 3-0-1
EARNINGS:
$856,600
Pedigree:
STREET SENSE-PURSE STRINGS BY TAPIT / BAY / 3YO
OWNER:
GARY & MARY WEST
TRAINER:
BOB BAFFERT
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Rebel Stakes
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One of 2021's elite front-running sophomores, his unbeaten streak was snapped at 3 when a surprising third in the Arkansas Derby as the favorite. In fact, a victory at Oaklawn in early April may have made him the public choice in the Kentucky Derby. He trained in Louisville with the Derby horses, but bypassed the race in favor of a date in the Preakness. Trainer Bob Baffert has Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit also in his year's Preakness as he looks for a record-setting 8th win in the event.

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CONCERT TOUR

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