While Kentucky Derby winner Orb is widely-regarded as the favorite for the 2013 Preakness Stakes, there are some legitimate dark horses at Pimlico in Baltimore this year not getting enough credit in the oddsbooks.
That includes Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents, co-owned by Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. Goldencents ranks fourth in the early odds headed into the Preakness.
Here's a look at legitimate contenders who aren't getting enough credit at Pimlico this year, including Goldencents (odds via Bovada).
After a 17th-place finish at the Kentucky Derby, it's natural to have doubts about Goldencents.
But a closer look at the horse suggests he may not have been equipped for the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.
Goldencents' sire, Into Mischief, only raced seven furlongs during his three-year-old campaign. Goldecents' dam, Golden Works, only won at six furlongs during her career. The truth is, Goldencents was never bred to be a horse with elite endurance.
That showed at the Derby. Goldecents was setting the pace with Palace Malice early on, but began to fall back at about six furlongs. The result was an embarrassing finish.
Coming into the Derby, Goldencents had won three of his previous four starts, including the Santa Anita Derby in April. All of those wins were at 1 1/8 miles or shorter.
At 1 3/16 miles, expect Goldencents to at least place at Pimlico.
Govenor Charlie (10-1)
Govenor Charlie had won two of his first three starts this year—including the Grade 3 Sunland Derby in March—before having to withdraw from the Kentucky Derby with a foot bruise.
But what the horse showed before the injury projects a strong overall season in 2013.
Govenor Charlie may not have faced elite competition at the Sunland Derby, but that shouldn't matter. Why? Because he set a stakes record at the race with a time of 1:47.54 in 1 1/8 miles.
Also, the horse's pedigree is exceptional. His sire, Midnight Lute, was a champion sprinter in 2007 and captured the Breeders' Cup Sprint in back-to-back outings. His dam, Silverbulletway, was the daughter of Hall of Famer Silverbulletday.
Don't sleep on Govenor Charlie.
Itsmyluckyday is another horse that finished poorly at the Kentucky Derby, yet has the makeup and pedigree to succeed at 1 3/16 miles.
Itsmyluckyday's sire, Lawyer Ron, was best at 1 1/8 miles throughout his career, instead of the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. Itsmyluckyday's dam, Viva La Slew, never won past one mile.
Like Goldencents, Itsmyluckyday was in contention through six furlongs at the Derby, but fell back down the stretch. At a shorter distance, the horse should perform better.
And, don't forget, Itsmyluckyday had won two of three starts in 2013 headed into the Derby. There's a history of success there.
Itsmyluckyday is coming off a promising workout at Monmouth Park, according to The Sports Network (via the Miami Herald).
Trainer Ed Plesa Jr. said of the workout, via the report: "Perfect. He did just what I wanted. I caught him galloping out in :59 and change (in five furlongs). I couldn't have asked for it to work out any better."
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