The list of 2021 Preakness Stake horses will feature some familiar names from the Kentucky Derby alongside some of the fastest three-year-olds in horse racing, some of which opted out of the first leg of the Triple Crown.
The field for the Preakness normally shrinks to 14 horses, but this year there are only 10 horses running. And yes, Medina Spirit is racing, despite the doping controversy surrounding the horse and trainer Bob Baffert.
Here’s a look at the contenders running in the 146th “Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” on May 15 — and be sure to download our printable horses list.
Preakness Stakes horses
Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has the best Preakness Stakes odds ahead of the race. Read our analysis of the favorites, contenders, and long shots below.
Printable Preakness Stakes horses list
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List of Preakness Stakes horses
Here is the official list of horses running in the 2021 Preakness Stakes, barring any last-minute scratches:
- Concert Tour
- Crowded Trade
- France Go de Ina
- Medina Spirit
- Midnight Bourbon
- Risk Taking
- Unbridled Honor
How horses qualify for the Preakness Stakes
Qualifying for the Preakness Stakes isn’t based on a points system, but rather focused on winnings as well as success in the Kentucky Derby two weeks prior.
Preakness Stake prep races
Unlike the Kentucky Derby qualifying, which is done on points, the Preakness Stakes pulls its field from the horses’ graded stakes earnings as well as lifetime earnings. The Top 5 horses from the Kentucky Derby are also granted automatic spots, however, but not all of those horses will choose to race in the Preakness Stakes.
Triple Crown Horses
The Preakness Stakes is the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown and often features the winner of the Kentucky Derby. There have been 23 horses win both the Derby and the Preakness and 13 of those contenders have gone on to win the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.
Types of Preakness Stakes horses
The Preakness Stakes is one of the fastest graded stakes races with a distance of just 1 3/16 miles (9.5 furlongs), which is why this event is limited to three-year-old thoroughbreds.
Thoroughbred horses are known for their long athletic builds and burst of speed, which makes them the ideal horse for the Preakness Stakes – the shortest and fastest of the three Triple Crown races.
Age of horses
The Preakness Stakes, along with the other two Triple Crown events, are limited to three-year-old horses. At that age, horses are just beginning to mature and there is still an aura of the unknown when it comes to their performances.
Instant Replay: Preakness Stakes horses
The Preakness is limited to just 14 horses pulled from the top graded stakes earners and the Top 5 finishers in the Kentucky Derby.
The Preakness Stakes is the shortest of the Triple Crown races at 1 3/16 miles (9.5 furlongs).
There have been 23 horses win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
The Preakness Stakes is limited to three-year-old thoroughbred horses.
Preakness Stakes horses FAQs
Who won the Preakness Stakes in 2020?
Swiss Skydiver won the 2020 Preakness Stakes, which was run in October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How do horses qualify for the Preakness Stakes?
Horses qualify for the Preakness Stakes by ranking among the top in graded stakes and lifetime earnings or finishing inside the Top 5 in the Kentucky Derby.
What horse won the Kentucky Derby in 2021?
Medina Spirit won the 2021 Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2021.
Which horse, if favored, to win the Preakness Stakes?
Medina Spirit was a 3/1 favorite to win the 2021 Preakness Stakes before odds were pulled from the board following a failed a drug test from the Kentucky Derby. Medina Spirit’s status for the Preakness is pending a second test sample.