Kentucky Derby champion Orb will be a heavy favorite to win this weekend's second leg at Pimlico Race Course following an impressive performance at Churchill Downs.
The dirt course at Pimlico is very similar to that at the Kentucky Derby, but the distance is slightly shorter at 9.5 furlongs opposed to 10 at Churchill Downs. But that hasn't hurt Orb's odds of pulling within one win of a Triple Crown title.
Here, we'll take a closer look at the latest Preakness odds and a trio of sleepers to watch for this weekend.
2013 Preakness Stakes Odds
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*Odds via DailyRacingForm.com.
Mylute, 8-1 Odds
Ridden by female jockey Rosie Napravnik, Mylute will look to make history at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. The talented colt picked up a solid fifth-place finish at Churchill Downs two weeks ago and clearly possesses both the speed and the stamina to go the distance at the Triple Crown's shortest track.
Even better news for trainer Thomas Amoss is that Mylute was able to overcome a sluggish start at the Run for the Roses. Despite coming out of the gate in 18th place, he was able to outrun the field, nearly finishing in the money for the eighth time in his career.
The result has Rosie Napravnik excited to head back to the East Coast:
Get your PREAK ON baby I'm coming home ;-) I promise you there is no other jockey who wants to win the #Preakness more than me! MYLUTE— Rosie Napravnik (@RosieNapravnik) May 11, 2013
Mylute impressed prior to the Kentucky Derby this spring. He finished second at the Grade II Louisiana Derby back in March and boasts two career wins overall.
Itsmyluckyday, 10-1 Odds
Despite a dismal finish at Churchill Downs on May 4, Itsmyluckyday remains a strong sleeper choice this coming weekend.
The Eddie Plesa-trained colt boasts five career wins and was runner-up at the Grade I Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park last March before struggling in the Run for the Roses.
Ridden by 2011 Kentucky Derby-winning jockey John Velazquez, Itsmyluckyday will have an excellent shot to pull off a mighty upset Saturday at Pimlico, especially with such a small field of horses set to run.
Itsmyluckyday has finished in the money in eight-of-11 career starts.
Oxbow, 12-1 Odds
Like Mylute, Oxbow impressed at the Kentucky Derby despite finishing out of the money.
Which sleeper has the best shot to win at Pimlico?
Oxbow finished sixth at Churchill Downs but enters the Preakness Stakes as a 12-1 long shot to win. Don't sleep on this horse, though. After all, Oxbow has a pair of well-known horse racing stars in his corner.
Not only will he be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens this weekend, but he'll be trained by D. Wayne Lukas, who has trained five Preakness winners since 1980.
Oxbow didn't look at all fazed by the 1 1/4-mile distance at Churchill Downs in the Triple Crown's first leg, so don't expect him to be intimidated by the 1 3/16-mile dirt track at Pimlico.
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