Though with different running styles, Orb is every bit as formidable to his peers as Big Brown was to his back in 2008. The way the two of them won their respective Kentucky Derbies left zero room at the top: It was them and nobody else.
Only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, and as it stands, Orb is the only one with a shot in 2013—but first he’ll need to win the Preakness.
And in order to do so, Orb will need to get by the next group of horses, all of whom have a legitimate shot at making Orb earn his oats.
Read on to find out who and why.