According to Chris Korman of the Baltimore Sun, Govenor Charlie will run at the 2013 Preakness Stakes. The deal was described as mostly official, which creates a hint of doubt, but until further notice, he is a competitor at the Preakness Stakes.
With his entry, Govenor Charlie is a true wild card at the 2013 Preakness.
Govenor Charlie's trainer is none other than three-time Kentucky Derby champion Bob Baffert. Surprisingly, Baffert pulled Govenor Charlie out of the 2013 Kentucky Derby due to a concerning lower-leg injury (via BloodHorse.com).
With that being said, the Preakness Stakes present the greatest opportunity of all for Govenor Charlie to make his mark.
Baffert has three Kentucky Derby titles and the 2001 Belmont Stakes crown to his name as a trainer. For that reason, it's fair to assume that the decorated trainer would be able to win the Preakness Stakes.
And win he has.
To date, Baffert has been the trainer for five Preakness Stakes champion horses. That includes Lookin At Lucky, who won the 2010 Preakness Stakes.
Could a repeat be on the horizon?
Time: Saturday, May 18 at 6:20 p.m. ET
Venue: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.
Purse: $1.0 million
Entering the 2013 Preakness Stakes, the pressure has mounted on countless horses that ran in the Kentucky Derby. From Orb, the winner, to Goldencents, who entered the Kentucky Derby with strong odds but finished poorly, the past is playing a significant role in dictating the future.
For Bob Baffert and the team involved with Govenor Charlie, however, there is no pressure at all.
Should Govenor Charlie finish poorly, the odds are that questions will arise about his health more than his performance. Even if people question his readiness, the fact that he overcame an injury to race is encouraging enough.
All Baffert needs to do is lead a respectable showing.
Fortunately for Govenor Charlie, Baffert has a long history of success at Pimlico Race Course. It's safe to say that history is on Governor Charlie's side.
Trainer Bob Baffert is one of the most decorated trainers in the history of the Preakness Stakes. His five victories at this course rank as the second-highest total ever.
A horse with nothing to lose but a trainer who can help him win? That's dangerous.
As Kentucky Derby winner Orb looks to continue making history, the pressure will mount and all involved with the horse's success will either crumble or rise to the occasion. As Govenor Charlie pursues history, however, there will be a different feeling.
After missing the 2013 Kentucky Derby due to health issues, it's beyond encouraging that Govenor Charlie will run at the Preakness Stakes. Outside of having a decorated trainer, the horse also carries a favorable story that will garner positive attention, if any at all.
With history and a lack of pressure on his side, Govenor Charlie could be the ultimate X-factor at the Preakness Stakes.