The 138th Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing ahead of the Belmont Stakes, gets underway this weekend.
Orb, this year's Kentucky Derby winner, is the heavy odds favorite. While the field is less crowded, several thoroughbred horses are capable of pulling off an upset at the big race, aka "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans."
The Preakness Stakes 2013 post positions, betting odds and horse jockeys1. Orb (2013 Kentucky Derby winner) (Even): Joel Rosario
2. Goldencents (8/1): Kevin Krigger
3. Titletown Five (30/1): Julien Leparoux
4. Departing (6/1): Brian Hernandez, Jr.
5. Mylute (5/1): Rosie Napravnik
6. Oxbow (15/1): Gary Stevens
7. Will Take Charge (12/1): Mike Smith
8. Govenor Charlie (12/1): Martin Garcia
9. Itsmyluckyday (10/1): John Velazquez
A closer look at Orb, the presumptive favorite of the Preakness horse race
The 2013 Kentucky Derby winner will break from the inside post at the Preakness Stakes. Based on the early odds, the 3-year-old homebred colt, a son of Malibu Moon, is in good position to win the Preakness.
Orb is coming off a winning streak of five races. The horse won the Kentucky Derby handily and has a trainer who believes his student is at the top of the foal class.
"I'm amazed by everything I see," said Shug McGaughey. "I don't know what I have, but I know I have the Kentucky Derby winner."
On the one hand, the confident colt has to overcome a bottom-of-the-bucket draw. Starting from the inside rail post position is typically seen as a negative going into any race. Over the last 51 years, only one horse (Tabasco Cat in 1994) that started from the first post position made it to the Preakness winner's circle and did the Hoochie-Coochie dance.
However, with a thinner field, the horses will likely run wide, which gives Orb plenty of room to dominate.
Trivia: The last three Preakness winners were by jockeys who made their first starts in the second leg of the Triple Crown race.
When is the 138th Preakness Stakes 2013 horse race? May 18, 2013
The Preakness 2013 post time: 6:05 p.m. ET.
Preakness odds are based on race information from official live draw at Pimlico.
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