2021 Preakness Stakes odds, Medina Spirit predictions: Expert who nailed 9 winners releases picks

Thirty-six horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Medina Spirit will try to make it 37 when the Bob Baffert-trained colt enters the starting gates at Pimlico Race Course for the 2021 Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 15. Post time is 6:45 p.m. ET. Medina Spirit, who was a 15-1 long shot at Churchill Downs, held off the late charge of pre-Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality to win the first leg of the Triple Crown, but can you trust the colt with your Preakness 2021 bets?

Medina Spirit is going off at 7-2 in the 2021 Preakness Stakes odds, behind only Essential Quality (5-2). Other 2021 Preakness Stakes contenders include Mandaloun (6-1), Concert Tour (9-1), and Malathaat (10-1), a filly who won the Kentucky Oaks. 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.

Top 2021 Preakness Stakes predictions

One shocker: Demling isn’t picking Medina Spirit to win the Preakness Stakes 2021, even though the colt just won the Kentucky Derby. Medina Spirit made Baffert a Kentucky Derby recordholder, as he became the seventh horse to win for the legendary trainer. However, the half-length victory didn’t come easily, as Medina Spirit had to hold off a trio of charging contenders down the back stretch.

The Kentucky Derby victory was also Medina Spirit’s first win since January after he came up short in the Santa Anita Derby and San Felipe Stakes. Demling told SportsLine that everything set up perfectly for Medina Spirit at the Run for the Roses.

Now, he’ll face a group of 2021 Preakness Stakes horses that not only includes contenders from the Derby, but also several who will be rested for the Preakness 2021. It’s expected to be a strong 2021 Preakness field, so there isn’t much value backing Medina Spirit in your 2021 Preakness Stakes bets.

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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)

Essential Quality 5-2
Medina Spirit 7-2
Mandaloun 6-1
Concert Tour 9-1
Caddo River 10-1
Malathaat 10-1
Midnight Bourbon 15-1
Crowded Trade 16-1
King Fury 17-1
Unbridled Honor 18-1
France Go De Ina 20-1
Rombauer 20-1
Get Her Number 25-1