While the public might be more familiar with the horses that competed at the Kentucky Derby, there are a few contenders who will try to become household names at the Preakness Stakes.
Only six of the 19 horses that raced at Churchill Downs will attempt to win at Pimlico. Orb is obviously the most famous as he tries to win the Triple Crown, although there are a number of talented competitors that will try to win as well.
However, racing for a second time in a two-week period is not easy. Between fatigue and traveling issues, it is often easier to just skip ahead to the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Time will tell how the three horses that missed the Kentucky Derby will fare, but here are predictions for each horse.
Based on recent performances, there is little reason to think that Titletown Five will be a top contender in this race.
In seven career starts, the horse only has one win. That victory took place in October and was only seven furlongs, which does not really bode well for the future prospects. In fact, Titletown Five has not finished in the money in either race one mile or longer.
D. Wayne Lukas has a lot of experience training horses for the Preakness Stakes, although he is probably more focused on getting the most out of Oxbow and Will Take Charge, who are also running at Pimlico.
While the trainer is also a partial owner of the horse, the competitor does not have enough ability to contend in this one.
Predicted Finish: Eighth Place
It is a weird feeling to have more confidence in the experience of the horse than the jockey or trainer, but that is the case with Departing.
Brian Hernandez Jr. is competing in his first Preakness as a jockey, while trainer Albert M. Stall Jr. has only had one horse start in this event.
However, the horse has proven himself to be a top contender for this race. He has four wins in five starts, including the recent Illinois Derby. The one other result was a third-place finish at the prestigious Louisiana Derby.
As a late closer, Departing is in relatively good post position at No. 4. The only question is if the Breeders' Cup-winning jockey can ride him to victory.
Predicted Finish: Third Place
Although Govenor Charlie qualified for the Kentucky Derby, a bruised foot kept the horse from competing. However, the talented horse is now healthy and ready to contend at Pimlico.
While he has only competed in three career races, Govenor Charlie won two of them, including an impressive showing at the Sunland Derby. The pure speed is tough to deny as it dominated the field at that race by five lengths.
In a field of only eight other horses, the lack of experience should not be an issue as he can get off to a good start and ignore the rest of the competition.
Additionally, the fact that he is trained by five-time Preakness winner Bob Baffert is certain to give him the extra boost to be a serious contender in this event.
Predicted Finish: Second Place behind Orb
Full Entry List
|1||Orb||Joel Rosario ||Shug 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|
*Morning line via KY Derby Contenders Twitter feed.