The 2013 Preakness Stakes will take place on Saturday, May 18, at the Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, and for many horses, their chances at taking the second leg of the Triple Crown will have been dramatically impacted by their post position.
Which post a certain horse starts from might not seem like a big deal, but it can have a profound impact on how the race is run and which horses can make moves to gain ground.
Over the 9.5 furlongs (1 and 3/16 miles) at Pimlico, post positions will perhaps be even more important than they were at the Derby, considering the shorter track and firmer running surface will suit sprinters more than the muddy track at Churchill Downs. At the same time, the Preakness has a smaller field of horses than the Derby.
So, how does the field look for the upcoming Preakness Stakes?
Read on for all the key race information and post positions as well as all the updated odds and horses worth backing this weekend in the Triple Crown's second leg.
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Start time: 6:20 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC (or stream live via NBC Sports)
Purse: $1 million
2013 Preakness Stakes Post Positions and Latest Odds
*Note: Odds provided via Derby Contenders and current as of Wednesday, May 15, 6:40 p.m. ET.
|1||Orb||Joel Rosario||Shyg 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||14-1|
|8||Govenor Charlie||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||12-1|
|9||Itsmyluckyday||John Velazquez||Eddie Plesa Jr.||10-1|
2013 Preakness Stakes: Top Horses Worth Backing
Orb—No. 1, Currently 1-1
Having won the 2013 Kentucky Derby in dominant fashion, all the money is on Orb repeating his success at the Preakness—and it's understandable why.
Nine winners have broken from post 1 in the @PreaknessStakes since 1909. Not too bad for the Derby winner @OrbColt2013-5-15 22:12:15
Orb is a dynamic runner whose pedigree provides him with a mountain of speed. He didn't show all of that in the muddy conditions at Churchill Downs, but with a shorter track this weekend at Pimlico, you can guarantee that the Shug McGaughey-trained horse will definitely show it here.
Jockey Joel Rosario is in brilliant form and has established a great connection with Orb, which will make them very tough to run down if they find the front this weekend.
How they'll fare from the inside post still remains to be seen, but it's hard to doubt this horse. He is a terrific performer and will surely be tough to beat on Saturday.
Departing—No. 4, Currently 6-1
Departing didn't run in the first leg of the Triple Crown due to injury—making him somewhat of a wild card here and a horse that could surprise many on the day.
He was dominant at the Illinois Derby earlier in the year and has a great sprinter's pedigree that should suit the course at Pimlico. Departing will likely stay relatively close to the front here and try to pull away at the top of the straight.
If he can do that, he will be very tough to catch.
Departing is fresh and full of energy, and with a strong run in the Louisiana Derby, he showed he's more than capable of mixing it with the best horses in the field this year.
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