On Saturday, May 18, the 2013 Preakness Stakes will take place at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. With a purse of $1.0 million, the stakes will be high in Baltimore, as the top three-year-old thoroughbreds compete for the Preakness crown.
After winning the 2013 Kentucky Derby, however, all eyes will be on Orb—can he make the second leap towards the Triple Crown?
For those unfamiliar, the Triple Crown consists of winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. This is a feat that only 11 horses have achieved, which displays the potential for Orb to step up and join the ranks of history.
With that being said, the last horse to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978.
Fortunately for Orb, every year is a new beginning and the odds aren't always a determination of what will transpire. With that being said, we'd be remiss to ignore what could be and the odds that have helped shape Las Vegas' perception of the event.
So what are the odds that Orb wins the Preakness Stakes?
Time: Saturday, May 18 at 6:20 p.m. ET
Venue: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland
Purse: $1.0 million
All odds provided by BOVADA, via OddsShark.com.
|Will Orb win the Preakness Stakes?||Yes: Even||No: -140|
|Will Orb finish in the Top 3?||Yes: -400||No: +250|
|Will Orb win the Triple Crown?||Yes: +250||No: -400|
Reviewing the 2013 Kentucky Derby
Entering the 2013 Kentucky Derby, BOVADA had established Orb as the favorite to win the event. Led by jockey Joel Rosario and legendary trainer Claude "Shug" McGaughey III, Orb lived up to the hype and won the Kentucky Derby in convincing fashion.
Orb won after starting out of the 16th post.
This provided both McGaughey and Rosario with their first career victories at the illustrious event. Owners Stuart S. Janney III and the Ogden Phipps Stable joined them in picking up the Derby victory.
The question is, can they carry their success into Baltimore, Maryland?
Defining the Preakness Odds
The 2013 Kentucky Derby marked the moment in which Orb eclipsed the status of being an odds-on favorite and became a legitimate champion. In the process, he won the decorated event and created the opportunity for legendary success.
Triple Crown success.
At the Preakness Stakes, Orb has an uphill battle, as his combination of trainers, jockeys and owners have yet to win the event. With that being said, trainer Shug McGaughey III has won both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.
Who says he can't take horse racing's trinity?
Every year, excitement will inevitably arrive surrounding horse racing's No. 1 superstar. After proving the oddsmakers correct and winning the first of three legs, there's no reason Orb cannot live up to the hype.
The odds aren't in his favor, but crazier things have happened.