Predictions/odds for Preakness
Preakness entrant Midnight Bourbon works out during a trainingsession ahead of the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico RaceCourse, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Baltimore. (Photos: AP)

1. Concert Tour (#10, 5-2): He is the only horse in this field who has shown the raw talent to compete with his stablemate. His Rebel (G2) victory was visually impressive and his connections learned how he needs to be ridden after his Arkansas Derby disappointment. This fresh colt will wing it on the front and will take running down.

2. Keepmeinmind (#2, 15-1): This colt ran an underrated race in the Derby after breaking slowly and going very wide turning for home. Not many horses were closing well as many of the Derby front-runners were in the thick of it throughout. He was among the best in the division as a two-year-old and after going off form prior to the Derby, he looks to have snapped back to his best after removing the blinkers. He will get plenty of pace to run into in the Preakness.

3. Medina Spirit (#3, 9-5): There is no doubting the strong credentials and consistency of the Derby winner, but he will concede the lead to Concert Tour and will be forced to chase his hot early pace in this spot. He will likely show his usual grit but could come up a bit short.

4. Midnight Bourbon (#5, 5-1): This consistent colt ran admirably in the Derby after finding himself farther off the pace than usual. The race flow will work against him in here but he always shows up with a commendable effort.

5. Crowded Trade (#4, 10-1): Speed figure players will gravitate toward this runner as his 104 career-high Brisnet ranking is the best in the field. He will receive a good pace set-up but it is hard to trust a runner coming out of the woefully slow New York three-year-old circuit.

6. Rombauer (#6, 12-1): Michael McCarthy's colt has been keeping good company but he has yet to be truly competitive while facing the elite from his crop. He is likely to give an honest performance but does not appear fast enough to gain a slice.

7. Ram (#1, 30-1): D Wayne Lukas knows how to get a colt ready for the Preakness and this improving son of American Pharoah looked good defeating older rivals last time out. He still would have to take a giant step forward to compete at this class level, however.

8. Risk Taking (#9, 15-1): Chad Brown's colt looked like he was figuring things out with blinkers prior to an awful showing in the weak Wood Memorial. He is hard to endorse off such a poor effort and is yet to crack the 90 range on the Beyer Speed Figures scale.

9. France Go de Ina (#7, 20-1): He may be a useful colt but this is a big step up in class and he has proven to be at his best near the lead. He will face plenty of pace pressure and will be hard-pressed to hang around late.

10. Unbridled Honor(#8, 15-1): He was helped by a perfect race flow in the Lexington (G3) but still could not win when earning a high figure in the slop. Prior to that effort he was a distant 4th in a weak edition of the Tampa Bay Derby (G2).

Preakness entrant Keepmeinmind.
Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes (front right) holds on to Preaknessentrant Concert Tour during a bath ahead of the Preakness Stakes.

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