Preakness Stakes Horses: Favorites, Contenders, & Long Shots

The Preakness Stakes is loaded with the top three-year-olds in racing. Medina Spirit sits atop the odds board and is our No. 1 ranked horse as he looks to push toward a Triple Crown.

Last Updated: May 11, 2021 8:19 PM ET
John Velazquez aboard Medina Spirit (8) leads the field down the stretch to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. . - Louisville Courier Journal-USA TODAY Sports
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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

Our printable list of Preakness Stakes horses is now live. Take it with you on the go!

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
  • Keepmeinmind
  • Medina Spirit
  • Midnight Bourbon
  • Ram
  • Risk Taking
  • Rombauer
  • 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

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