After winning the 2013 Kentucky Derby, Orb is obviously the favorite to win the Preakness Stakes this year.
But several horses that didn't place at the Derby have a better chance of turning up the heat on Orb at Pimlico, primarily due to their pedigrees.
Every race is a new start. Here's a look at some horses that will rebound at the 2013 Preakness on May 18.
Normandy Invasion—a hybrid of speed and stamina—had the lead at the Kentucky Derby as late as the eighth pole, but fell off down the stretch. That has me thinking this horse is bred more for speed than endurance.
Fortunately for Normandy Invasion, the Preakness Stakes is a shorter race at 1 3/16 miles and favors the speedsters.
Normandy Invasion's only career win was at one mile. His dam, Boston Lady, never won in five career starts. With that being said, her sire (Boston Harbor) was predominantly a speedster.
If Normandy Invasion can run the way he did before the final stretch at the Derby, he has a shot to win the Preakness this year.
After winning two of his first three starts in 2013 (including the Santa Anita Derby), Goldencents tanked in his first test at a greater distance when he finished 17th at the Derby.
But the reality is, there were also some questions surrounding Goldencents' stamina headed into Churchill Downs, primarily because of his pedigree.
Goldencents' sire, Into Mischief, only raced at seven furlongs as a three-year-old. His dam, Golden Works, only won at six furlongs. Even Golden Works' sire, Banker's Gold, was more effective as a four-year-old as a sprinter.
Make no mistake about it, Goldencents has the speed to win the Preakness, despite the rough outing at Churchill Downs.
Itsmyluckyday may have placed 15th at the Derby, but, like Goldencents, his pedigree suggests he's better at shorter distances.
The horse's sire, Lawyer Ron, was best at 1 1/8 miles throughout his career. Itsmyluckyday's dam, Viva La Slew, never won past a mile.
Before the disappointing finish at Churchill Downs, Itsmyluckyday had won two of his first three races in 2013. This is a talented horse that just didn't have enough endurance for the Derby. He was among the leaders early on in the Derby before falling back.
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