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Strike Power and Sacred Life Among The Stars On Preakness Stakes Undercard

Author: Ryan Knuppel
Published: Friday May 14, 2021
All of the attention over the weekend will be on the second race of the Triple Crown series, as the Preakness Stakes is the featured race at Pimlico on Saturday. However, there are a number of enticing Graded races that fans will also be able to look forward to. Among the most appealing races is the Grade 2 Dinner Party Stakes, which is the 12th race on the card at Pimlico.

Sacred Life Heads Betting For Dinner Party Stakes

There are a number of Graded races to look forward to before the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, and one of the most eye-catching will be the Grade 2 Dinner Party Stakes. The race is open to horses that are aged three and over, and the field will race across 1 1/16 miles on the turf surface at Pimlico. There is currently a clear favorite in the betting for the race at present, as Sacred Life is as short as 7/5 with some of the leading sportsbooks.

The six-year-old has an excellent career record, as he has accumulated $492,018 in prize money. He has recorded six wins, six seconds, and one third-place finish in his 17 career starts. Sacred Life returned to the track in April, as he stayed strongly to finish third in the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes. That was a decent first showing of the season. Late last season, he finished fourth in the Grade 1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic, while he also won the Oceanport Stakes and finished fourth in the Pegasus World Cup. That is exceptional form coming into the Dinner Party Stakes and form that many of his rivals for the race this weekend are unable to match.

Somelikeithotbrown Could Be Leading Contender

The second favorite for the Dinner Party Stakes this weekend is Somelikeithotbrown for trainer Michael Maker. This five-year-old is currently ahead of English Bee, Kuramata, and Talk Or Listen in the betting. Somelikeithotbrown has won six from 18 career starts, which includes Graded victories in the form of the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap and the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Stakes.

This will be his second attempt at the Dinner Party Stakes, as he finished second in the race last year. He responded to the setback by winning the Mohawk Stakes. His season reappearance also came in the Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes in April, but he finished back in seventh. It looks difficult to see him reversing that form. 

Strike Power and Special Reserve Head Betting For Grade 2

Immediately before the Dinner Party Stakes, there is another Grade 2 affair to look forward to, as the Maryland Sprint Match Series Stakes takes place. Eleven runners will line up for this race, which covers six furlongs. This should be a fascinating battle between the two horses at the top of the betting. Strike Power is the current market leader for trainer Steven Asmussen.

The six-year-old has won four from 16 career starts but has started the current season in excellent form. He won an Allowance Optional Claiming at Oaklawn Park in March before finishing in a respectable fourth in the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap. Special Reserve is likely to be his most likely rival this weekend, and it could be argued that the five-year-old comes into this in better form.

He started the season with two wins in Allowance Optional Claiming Races before narrowly missing out in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes to Flagstaff. That was Special Reserve’s first attempt in a Graded race, and we expect him to produce another strong effort this weekend in the Maryland Sprint Match Series Stakes.

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