The second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown will commence Saturday evening at Pimlico Race Course, site of the 2013 Preakness Stakes.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb will be the odds-on favorite to win this weekend, but he'll have to overcome a eight other talented horses as well as a poor post draw. Shug McGaughey's gifted colt drew the rail for Saturday's 1 3/16-mile race in Baltimore.
Keep in mind that D. Wayne Lukas' Tabasco Cat in 1994 was the last horse to win the Preakness Stakes from post No. 1. In other words, the Derby winner has his work cut out for him.
Below we'll take a look at where each horse will start on Saturday, highlighting a trio of Preakness contenders that will run out of historically favorable posts.
2013 Preakness Stakes Post Positions
|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|
*Odds via Preakness.com.
Departing, Post No. 4
Two horses have won the Preakness Stakes from post No. 4 since 2000, including 2007's Curlin.
Departing, who didn't run in the Derby two weeks ago, will start from post No. 4 on Saturday at Pimlico, off the rail but not too far outside.
The Albert Stall-trained colt won the Grade III Illinois Derby in his most recent outing last month, and before then posted a third place finish at the Grade II Louisiana Derby, beating out Kentucky Derby horses like Palace Malice and Titletown Five.
With solid odds to win in Baltimore, Departing is a horse to consider this weekend, as he'll start from a favorable post three spots down from Orb.
Mylute, Post No. 5
Ridden by talented female jockey Rosie Napravnik, Mylute will attempt to become the second horse in three years to win the Preakness Stakes from post No. 5. Shackleford won from this slot in 2011.
Despite finishing out of the money at Churchill Downs two weeks ago, Mylute had a strong showing at the 1 1/4-mile dirt track, finishing fifth ahead of fellow Preakness contenders like Oxbow, Will Take Charge, Itsmyluckyday and Goldencents.
Napravnik was certainly pleased:
Rosie Napravnik @RosieNapravnik
Amazing weekend! Mylute and I fin 5th but less than 4 lengths from victory in the Derby!! Unbelievable feeling closing fast down stretch!!!!5/5/2013, 12:29:11 PM
Plus, with only nine horses set to run this weekend, Mylute will be at an advantage starting from the middle of the pack. Remember, he started from post No. 6 at the Derby two weeks ago.
Will Take Charge, Post No. 7
There have been three Preakness winners from post No. 7 since 2004, and four since 1997. The most recent winner of the Preakness Stakes to run out of the seventh post was Lookin at Lucky in 2010, a horse that did not win the Kentucky Derby.
Will Take Charge finished eighth at the Derby two weeks ago but boasts two wins in 2013, winning the Smarty Jones Stakes and Grade II Rebel Stakes. The under-the-radar colt will start from the favorable slot on Saturday.
While he won't be talked about a ton prior to this weekend's race, Will Take Charge was actually running in sixth place at the one-mile mark at Churchill Downs earlier this month before falling off the pace. Don't be surprised if the shorter distance at Pimlico benefits him this weekend as he is sure to start comfortably out of post No. 7.
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