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Preakness 2013: Post-Kentucky Derby Odds and Preview

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04:  Joel Rosario atop Orb on his way to winning the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IMay 4, 2013

With Orb winning the 2013 Kentucky Derby, it’s already time to start looking ahead to the second jewel of the Triple Crown—the Preakness Stakes, which will take place on Saturday, May 18.

Because the field at Pimlico Race Course is limited to just 14 contenders (and two also-eligible), there is going to be some stiff competition to make it to the starting gate.

Runners will be determined by strict criteria and conditions (read more about those here), largely based on lifetime earnings in graded stakes, non-restricted stakes and all races.

It's also up to the owners and trainers to decide if they want their horse to appear in the Preakness. Some may opt out despite having the proper qualifications.  

Naturally, the colts that fared well in the Run for the Roses have a leg up in making the Preakness field, but not all of those who hit the board tend to compete in this race.

Barring an injury or unexpected circumstance, it’s safe to assume that Orb will make an appearance in Baltimore in two weeks and attempt to position himself for a Triple Crown run at the Belmont Stakes in June.

If he is able to capture the blanket of Black-Eyed Susans, Orb would follow in I’ll Have Another’s footsteps and become the eighth thoroughbred since 1997 to win both the Derby and Preakness.

It seems that the shorter track at Pimlico, which is set to 9.5 furlongs during the Preakness—compared to 10 at Churchill Downs for the Derby—is conducive to producing Triple Crown hopefuls.

However, just because Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey's Orb will likely be the favorite doesn’t mean he’s a shoo-in to cross the finish line first at Pimlico.

There will be handful of contenders, both familiar from the Derby and new faces, looking to play spoiler and claim a majority of the $1 million purse.

Let’s take a look at 14 horses that are likely to make an appearance at the 2013 Preakness Stakes and some early, unofficial odds for their chances of winning.


Potential Field, Odds and Complete Race Information

2013 Preakness Stakes | Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md. | Purse: $1 Million | Grade I | Distance: 9.5 furlongs | Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET

*Odds and field are set by the author, will be updated with official odds when available.  


Derby Jockey


My Odds

Lines of Battle 

Ryan Moore 

Aidan O'Brien 



Kevin Krigger 

Doug O'Neill 



Rafael Bejarano 

Todd Pletcher 



Joel Rosario

Claude R. McGaughey III



John R. Velazquez

Todd Pletcher



Calvin Borel 

Todd Pletcher



Rosie Napravnik 

Tom Amoss 



Elvis Trujillo

Eddie Plesa, Jr. 




Al Stall Jr.


Bern Identity


Kelly Breen


Normandy Invasion

Javier Castellano

Chad Brown



Garrett Gomez

Rudy Rodriguez


Governor Charlie


Bob Baffert


Golden Soul

Robby Albarado

Dallas Stewart


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