The 2013 Preakness Stakes is a few days away—May 18 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore—and the excitement over which top contenders have the best odds to steal a win on Saturday has the horse racing world buzzing.
Led to the gates by Kentucky Derby winner Orb, the talented field for the Preakness is taking shape and the focus on the Triple Crown is the main topic of conversation heading into this weekend.
All of the following horses will come into Saturday’s race with big expectations, and each will perform well enough at Pimlico to contend for the win.
2013 Preakness Contenders and Odds
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All horses probable or possible via Horse Racing Nation. All betting information via BoDog.
Orb (7-5 Odds)
The Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the odds-on favorite to steal the second leg of the Triple Crown, but with a field that is shaping up as tough as the Derby, the feat won’t come easy.
Orb has the strength to get out of the gates fast and the top-end speed to get a lead and hold onto it, but the post position he draws will be incredibly important. If Orb gets stuck in the middle and is forced to deal with traffic, it could be a bad omen for the Derby winner.
Despite winning four straight races coming into the Derby, most fans discounted the chances of the talented colt. After a dominant win at Churchill Downs, though, horse racing fans across the world are all-in on Orb.
Oxbow (20-1 Odds)
After finishing sixth at the Derby, many fans have written off Oxbow as a legitimate contender for a win at the Preakness, but that should be far from the case with this talented colt.
While it is true that Oxbow has yet to win on a track over a mile, a strong showing at Churchill Downs despite the sloppy conditions and serious traffic makes this a risky bet well worth taking.
Not only is this horse trained by legendary D. Wayne Lukas, he is being ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. With everything pointing to a solid finish from Oxbow, he should be a safe bet to show this Saturday.
Mylute (12-1 Odds)
Not only is Mylute coming off an admirable fifth-place finish at the Kentucky Derby, the colt is being ridden by elite female jockey Rosie Napravnik. Together, the tandem will look to shock the world and steal the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Mylute is another horse that has never won on a track over a mile long, but the solid finish at the Derby and his ability to start well and move through traffic has opened up the possibility that he could steal the show at the Preakness.
If Mylute gets a favorable post position during the draw and Napravnik can keep this colt out of traffic, there is little doubt that the horse with 12-1 odds could run his way to a monumental victory.