With only nine contenders slated to go to post in the 138th Preakness Stakes, the post-position draw is not the make-or-break event like it is in the Kentucky Derby. However, the luck of the draw is still crucial to setting a horse up to have the most successful race possible, and strategies can change depending on the post position.
Of the nine Preakness contenders, six competed in the Derby two weeks ago. Orb will be looking to extend his dominance, while five of those rivals will be looking for redemption. Also in the mix are three fresh faces intent on dethroning the Kentucky Derby champion.
The second jewel of the Triple Crown has shaped up to be a deep and exciting field. Here is a rundown of the field with potential strategies and predicted outcomes for Saturday's race.