Now that we have recovered from Orb's win in the Kentucky Derby, it is time to look ahead to the 1 3/16 mile Preakness Stakes on May 18. Will he win again and have a chance at the Triple Crown or will someone else step up and beat him? Entries were taken and post positions were drawn on Wednesday afternoon, May 15, in an infield pavillion at Pimlico. The Preakness usually draws a large field, but this year only 9 horses were entered, with only 2 new horses who did not run in the Kentucky Derby joining the fray.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the even money favorite breaking from post 1. His trainer Shug McGaughey said, "Well, he won the Fountain of Youth from the '1.' His first race was from the '1' and he finished third in a very good race. Obviously, if I was going to pick it out, I wouldn’t have picked the '1.' But with only nine horses in there to run a mile and three-sixteenths, with a rider like Joel (Rosario), he's going to figure out what to do. He'll have him in the right spot. I'm not sure that I would have picked the ‘1’ out of there. If it had come out the '1' in the Derby, you'd almost have felt like you needed to go home, but I don't feel that way here."
Mylute, the fifth-place finisher at Churchill was rated second in the Preakness morning line at 5-1. Rosie Napravnik, who rode the first winner of her career at Pimlico in 2005 before establishing herself as the leading female jockey in the country, will have the mount aboard Mylute. Departing, the Illinois Derby (G3) winner, was the highest-rated of the new faces on the Triple Crown trail, tabbed third in the line at 6-1.
Click the horse's name to see a profile with lots of information, stats, and a photo where available.
Triple Crown quick links:
- Analyzing the Preakness Stakes Contenders for 2013 - My annual analysis using popular angles and statistical trends to see who best matches the profile of a Preakness winner. The big surprise is that Kentucky Derby winner Orb is not in the top group!
- Preakness Weather Forecasts
- Kentucky Derby Results and Photos - Orb wins
- Preakness Infield Changes - After 2009's massive tightening of the rules which resulted in a huge drop in attendance, officials relaxed things slightly. You can't bring beer, but you can buy a special "all you can drink" Mug Club ticket.
- Preakness Traditions - Black-eyed Susans to the winner, the Woodlawn Vase trophy, the Alibi Breakfast, painting the weather vane, and more.
- Preakness Entry Rules - the field is limited to 14 starters, here is how they determine the order of preference if more than that enter.
- Preakness Info Central - the main list of everything Preakness
- Preakness 101 - A basic introduction the the second jewel of the Triple Crown
- Past Preakness Winners
- Fillies in the Preakness - a look at the 53 fillies who have run in the Preakness and how they finished. So far only 5 have won.
- Preakness official site - news, history, and more
- Baltimore Sun Preakness Section - news, articles, and more
- Triple Crown Mania - from Blood Horse
- Preakness Special - from DRF
- Triple Crown Trail - the prep race schedule with results
- Triple Crown Trivia Quiz - test your knowledge of the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont and compete with others.
- Triple Crown Index - the master list with even more info
|1||Orb||Shug McGaughey||3.21||Joel Rosario||1-1|
|2||Goldencents||Doug O'Neill||1.67 *||Kevin Krigger||8-1|
|3||Titletown Five||D. Wayne Lukas||2.00||Julien Leparoux||30-1|
|4||Departing||Al Stall Jr.||2.71||Brian Hernandez Jr.||6-1|
|5||Mylute||Tom Amoss||2.00||Rosie Napravnik||5-1|
|6||Oxbow||D. Wayne Lukas||2.50||Gary Stevens||15-1|
|7||Will Take Charge||D. Wayne Lukas||3.33||Mike Smith||12-1|
|8||Govenor Charlie||Bob Baffert||1.67||Martin Garcia||15-1|
|9||Itsmyluckyday||Eddie Plesa Jr.||3.00||John Velazquez||10-1|