2013 Preakness: Post Time, TV Schedule, Post Positions Info

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IMay 16, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 15:  Kentucky Derby winner Orb gets a blanket put on him by exercise rider Jennifer Patterson and trainer Shug McGaughey 
following a workout in preparation for the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Preakness Stakes was injected with a bit of intrigue on Wednesday when the post position draw revealed that Orb would be saddled with the No. 1 starting gate.

That puts a huge wrench into the Kentucky Derby winner’s plans, considering it seemed to be almost a formality that he would win at Pimlico Race Course and challenge for the Triple Crown at Belmont early next month.

However, Orb is still going off as a favorite despite the poor drawing, meaning this should be an exciting race that could certainly still go his way.

Let’s take a look at where you can watch all the action, check out how the draw placed the rest of the field, peep the latest odds, highlight some contenders to watch and more.


Race Information

Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md.

When: Saturday, May 18

Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET

Purse: $1 million

Distance: 9.5 furlongs


Television Coverage

Watch: NBC

Complete Coverage

Preakness Stakes Saturday: 2:30-4:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, 4:30-6:30 p.m. on NBC.

Post-Race Show: 6:30-7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

Live Stream: NBC Sports


Post Positions and Odds








Joel Rosario

Shug McGaughey




Kevin Krigger

Doug O’Neill



Titletown Five 

Julien Leparoux 

D. Wayne Lukas 




Brian Hernandez Jr.

Albert M. Stall, Jr.




Rosie Napravnik 

Tom Amoss 




Gary Stevens 

D. Wayne Lukas 



Will Take Charge 

Mike Smith 

D. Wayne Lukas 



Govenor Charlie 

Martin Garcia 

Bob Baffert 




John Velazquez 

Eddie Plesa Jr. 


*Info via Bovada.lv


Contenders to Watch

Favorite: Orb (10-11)

It will be tough not to bet Orb to win, especially once you realize the favorite will not have any issues along the rail.

While just one Preakness winner (Tabasco Cat in 1994) has come out of the No. 1 stall since 1961, this Shug McGaughey-trained colt will make it two on Saturday.

Orb’s style is perfectly suited for the shorter length at Pimlico and—with only nine horses in the field—he’ll have no problem navigating into position to make a late surge.

A horse that can stride as quickly and powerfully as this one will not have to worry about getting trapped or blocked in, as he can wait for the traffic ahead to clear slightly before making his rush.

The drama surrounding his post is nothing more than manufactured and Orb will easily go on to win the 138th edition of this historic race. 


Challenger: Goldencents (8-1)

Orb may have clocked a blazing 104 Beyer Speed Figure during the Run for the Roses, but it’s worth noting that Goldencents is still faster.

The speed demon proved it at the Santa Anita Derby, which was Goldencents' best showing during the prep schedule and had many people excited about his chances to win the Kentucky Derby.

The Doug O’Neill-trained colt recorded a 105 BSF and kept the lead from wire-to-wire, proving that he has the stamina to match his haste.

During the 9.5-furlong sprint at Pimlico, Goldencents will have a real shot at pushing Orb all the way to the finish line, especially if he jumps out to an early lead.

It was readily apparent that Kevin Krigger’s mount couldn’t handle the slop and kickback at Churchill Downs—finishing in 17th—but should fare much better with a smaller field and clear conditions expected.


Long Shot: Govenor Charlie (10-1)

Govenor Charlie didn’t participate in the action beneath the Twin Spires two weeks ago, meaning he has fresh legs and plenty to prove in this competition.

He’s a bit of a wild card, but has been running extremely well during his warm-ups at Churchill Downs over the past few days.

While not particularly experienced, Govenor Charlie is a proven winner and has hit the board in each of his races, with his most notable finish coming as a win at the Sunland Derby this year.

This horse may not be the best bet to win it all, but he’s a solid contender to round out exactas, trifectas and superfecta boxes with.


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