Can Orb do it and finally break horse racing's Triple Crown drought dating back to 1978?
While Orb can't win the Triple Crown until the Belmont Stakes, the horse can lose his shot at history it if he doesn't win the Preakness Stakes this weekend. All eyes in the world of horse racing will be on Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, May 18, when Orb saddles up for the Preakness main event.
Your eyes should be fixed on the event as well. To ensure you don't miss a minute of coverage, I've compiled a full listing of dates, times and networks for your viewing pleasure at the Preakness Stakes.
Events and Television Schedule
|Friday, May 17||3 p.m. ET||Preakness Classics||NBC Sports Network|
|Friday, May 17 ||4 p.m. ET||Black Eyed Susan Stakes||NBC Sports Network|
|Saturday, May 18||2:30 p.m. ET||Preakness Stakes Saturday||NBC Sports Network|
|Saturday, May 18||4:30 p.m. ET||Preakness Stakes||NBC|
|Saturday, May 18||6:30 p.m. ET||Preakness Post-Race Show||NBC Sports Network|
Note: Preakness post time should be approximately at 6:20 p.m. ET. The post draw will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 15.
NBC Sports Live Extra will stream coverage of the various events leading up to the Preakness and the race itself, including online extras that won't be available on television.
|Orb||"Shug" McGaughey||Joel Rosario|
|Oxbow||D. Wayne Lukas||Gary Stevens|
|Will Take Charge||D. Wayne Lukas||Mike Smith|
|Goldencents||Doug O’Neill||Kevin Krigger|
|Departing||Albert M. Stall, Jr.||Brian Hernandez, Jr.|
|Govenor Charlie||Bob Baffert||Martin Garcia|
|Mylute||Tom Amoss||Rosie Napravnik|
|Itsmyluckyday||Eddie Plesa Jr.||John Velazquez|
|Titletown Five||D. Wayne Lukas||Julien Leparoux|
All eyes will be on Orb, who won the Kentucky Derby and should be a clear favorite to take the Preakness. In fact, Orb could open with even odds for the morning line.
While Orb could be in trouble if he can't get off to a fast start, the horse is versatile and has such excellent closing speed that he should be fine hanging just behind the early pack and striking late once again.
This is a talented horse who has a legitimate opportunity to end horse racing's Triple Crown drought.
Goldencents was one of the biggest disappointment at the Kentucky Derby (17th), but the horse has the sprinting speed to play the role of Triple Crown spoiler. Other horses racing from the Derby include Mylute (fifth), Oxbow (sixth), Will Take Charge (eighth) and Itsmyluckyday (15th).
The top contender that didn't race in the Derby will be Govenor Charlie, a horse that turned heads earlier this year by winning the Sunland Derby in a record-setting time. Govenor Charlie is a relatively inexperienced horse, but one that has the top-end speed to give Orb trouble.
New entry Departing isn't to be ignored either. The talented horse won the Illinois Derby and has four wins in five starts.
Finally, there is Titletown Five, which may end up being one of the bigger long shots in the field, but he does have an interesting storyline, as NFL Hall of Famer Paul Hornung is one of the owners of the horse.