As the second jewel of horse racing's elusive Triple Crown looms, all eyes will be on Kentucky Derby champion Orb as he attempts to become one step closer to history. Off of his impressive performance in Louisville, he will be the betting favorite in the Preakness but will have several formidable opponents.
Though this year's Preakness Stakes is not expected to draw a full field, it will be a deep, competitive group of three-year-olds assembled in the hopes of dethroning Orb. Several horses who finished well behind him in the Derby are back for Round Two, with the hope that a fast track and a better trip will improve their chances. In addition, there are a handful of new shooters who either opted to sit out the Derby and aim for the Preakness or were forced to miss the Run for the Roses due to minor injury.
Here is a look at some of the prominent horses heading to this weekend's Preakness Stakes and how the race may shake up for them.