For the 138th time in the history of Pimlico Race Course, the Kentucky Derby winner and other horses will battle it out for the Preakness Stakes.
This year, a nine-horse field has been entered into Saturday's race, and the horse with the most eyes upon it will be 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who has a chance to add the second jewel of the elusive Triple Crown to his resume with a win on May 18.
After Wednesday's draw, we have a better idea of what each horse will have to do to oust the other eight competitors and reach the finish line ahead of the field.
Preakness Stakes on Twitter posted a picture of the official draw:
Starting in gate No. 1, Orb was the horse selected to be closest to the rail on Saturday. It's not the worst position in the world, especially with the field so condensed and down to just nine horses, but it's been quite some time since the inside post produced a winner at Pimlico (h/t David Grening of DRF.com):
Tabasco Cat (1994) only Preakness winner from the rail since 1961. #orb— David Grening (@DRFGrening) May 15, 2013
Orb will be starting next to Goldencents in No. 2, while Titletown Five, Departing and Mylute round out a very star-studded top five on the inside part of the gate.
On the outside, Gary Stevens and Oxbow received arguably the best post position of the afternoon, landing spot No. 6. In Preakness history, post No. 6 has produced the most winners (15, since 1908) of any of the current field, the last of which came in 1999.
Will Take Charge, Govenor Charlie and Itsmyluckyday round out the nine horses in contention at the 2013 Preakness Stakes. Each wouldn't be happy about the outside draw in a normal field, but the "outside" this week makes post position somewhat of an understudy to how each horse has performed this week in training at the track.
There isn't much time left between now and the starting horn for the Stakes on Saturday. Now that the post positions are set, we'll have one final chance down the backstretch to study and predict which horses will survive the 1 and 3/16 miles at Pimlico on Saturday.
After that, it's up to the horses.
*For a complete look at the 2013 Preakness post positions, odds and current field layout, click here (courtesy Preakness.com).
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md.
When: Saturday, May 18, at 6:20 p.m. ET
Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET
Purse: $1 million
Television: NBC Sports Network
2013 Preakness Stakes Layout
|1||Orb||Joel Rosario||Claude McGaughey||1-1|
|2||Goldencents||Kevin Krigger||Doug O'Neill||8-1|
|3||Titletown Five||Julien Leparoux ||D. Wayne Lukas||30-1|
|4||Departing||Brian Hernandez Jr.||Albert M. Stall Jr.||6-1|
|5||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||Tom Amoss||5-1|
|6||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas||15-1|
|7||Will Take Charge||Mike Smith||D. Wayne Lukas||12-1|
|8||Govenor Charlie||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||12-1|
|9||Itsmyluckyday||John Velazquez||Eddie Plesa Jr. ||10-1|
* Current odds can be found at DRF.com.
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