Preakness 2013 Lineup: Unfamiliar Horses Capable of Stealing Spotlight

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVMay 18, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: Preakness entrant Will Take Charge goes over the track in preparation for the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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With only nine horses in the field, it's hard to imagine how any competitor in the upcoming 2013 Preakness Stakes could be overlooked.

But with the immense amount of attention that Kentucky Derby champion Orb has been getting, there are a handful of horses that you likely haven't heard about that could steal the show.

While Orb, Goldencents, Mylute and Itsmyluckyday highlight a strong field of thoroughbreds, they aren't the only ones in the field who could place in the top three or even sprint to victory Saturday.

Let's take a look at some unfamiliar horses and why they could steal the spotlight and ruin Orb's Triple Crown hopes. 


Titletown Five

Some health issues recently are causing experts to overlook Titletown Five, but he may just have what it takes to run a spectacular one-and-three-sixteenths miles to beat the field.

Titletown Five is the only horse other than Itsmyluckyday to race against Orb more than once. In his last start, he actually finished in second, one length ahead of the Kentucky Derby champion.

That type of experience is invaluable in horse racing and could pay dividends for the jockey in knowing how and when to push. 

He comes from sire Tiznow, who won the Breeders' Cup Classic two times. The pedigree seems to fit the mold of a potential Preakness Stakes champion.

It may not be so much of a surprise after all to see Titletown Five shock the world with a victory at Pimlico. 


Will Take Charge

As one of five Kentucky Derby participants to enter the field, Will Take Charge boasts one of the strongest pedigrees out there and has the experience against top competition that could pay dividends.

Will Take Charge hung around in the middle of the pack at Churchill Downs for much of the race. But he did make a strong push to the front late before being boxed in, finishing in eighth place in a tight race. 

With sire Unbridled's Song and dam Take Charge Lady, this three-year-old colt has a strong lineage of top competition. 

An eighth-place finish is just mediocre enough to not turn many heads, but if you look at what Will Take Charge was able to do throughout the Run for the Roses, it certainly bodes well for the upcoming Preakness.


Govenor Charlie

Once eligible to run in the 2013 Kentucky Derby before a foot bruise kept him out of last-minute training, Govenor Charlie seems healthy and ready to take on the field at Pimlico.

With only three races under his belt, Govenor Charlie doesn't have a lot of experience. But his last race speaks for itself, as he tore through the field at the Sunland Derby with a track record. 

Govenor Charlie comes from trainer Bob Baffert, who is a Hall of Famer and is one of the best trainers ever to attend the Preakness with five victories there.

With preparation, training and latest races all serving as proof, it's obvious that a Govenor Charlie victory at the Preakness wouldn't exactly be unheard of.


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