Preakness 2013: Complete Breakdown of Every Horse and Jockey at Pimlico

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Preakness 2013: Complete Breakdown of Every Horse and Jockey at Pimlico
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 Preakness Stakes will begin late Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course, and a new champion will be crowned just under two minutes after the race begins. 

The field is set, the post positions are in, and the only thing left to accomplish is the actual race. 

Looking at the nine horses and their jockeys, several things stick out. Jockeys that have only ridden a particular horse are in Baltimore, those who have experience with the horse but not every race are there and some jockeys will be riding their horse for the first time. 

What does it all mean?

A good jockey can turn a middle-of-the-pack horse into a contender, and a bad one can turn a contender into a horse that fades down the stretch. Training and handling are everything in horse racing, and that includes how the horses perform on the track in the race. 

Take a look at the breakdown below of every horse and jockey in this nine-horse affair. Hopefully, the clues will give you some added insight into your picks for the race, or at the very least, a chance to one-up your friends during the broadcast with your wicked Preakness knowledge. 

 

Race Info

Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md.

When: Saturday, May 18

Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET

Purse: $1 million

Television: NBC Sports Network

 

2013 Preakness Stakes Layout

Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Orb Joel Rosario Claude 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

* Current odds can be found at DRF.com

 

Horse-Jockey Breakdown

1) Orb—Joel Rosario

Horse
Wins

Rides
Together

Wins
Together 
Last 
Race 
Jockey
Preakness
Wins 
5 5 3 1st, Kentucky Derby 0

Winner of the 2013 Kentucky Derby, Orb enters the Preakness as the odds-on favorite. He's seen other jockeys than Joel Rosario, but the young jockey managed to get the most out of him at the Derby, and Shug McGaughey won't change anything in Baltimore. 

Orb is the favorite for a reason, and will keep the Triple Crown in tact with a win. 

 

2) Goldencents—Kevin Krigger

Horse 
Wins

Rides
Together

Wins
Together 
Last 
Race 
Jockey
Preakness
Wins 
4  7  4 17th, Kentucky Derby

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Krigger and Goldencents got off to a great start at the Derby, before the mud, conditions and pace on the day ended up swallowing the duo whole. He is the jockey who has the most rides on his given horse heading into this event. 

Early arrivers to the track in Baltimore, Krigger has been working overtime with Doug O'Neill and his horse to fix the kinks and avoid pushing too early at this race. In post No. 2, he'll need to find a way to split the difference between the importance of the rail and the pace. 

 

3) Titletown Five—Julian Leparoux

Horse 
Wins

Rides
Together

Wins
Together 
Last 
Race 
Jockey
Preakness
Wins 
1 0 0 4th, Derby Trial (G3)

A horse with very little experience, Titletown Five is a dark, dark horse for Saturday's race. Julian Leparoux takes over after riding Java's war to an outside-the-top 10 finish at the Kentucky Derby. 

 

4) Departing—Brian Hernandez Jr. 

Horse 
Wins

Rides
Together

Wins
Together 
Last 
Race 
Jockey
Preakness
Wins 
4 5 4 1st, Illinois Derby (G3)

Brian Hernandez has been in the saddle for all four of Departing's wins, and this new horse to the Triple Crown field has a legitimate chance to pull off the upset of Orb on Saturday night. 

With a good dynamic and trainer Albert M. Stall Jr. feeling good enough about Departing's chances to avoid the Derby and enter the Preakness anyway, he's an intriguing horse to watch start to finish, especially when you consider the cohesiveness the pair might have after several races (and wins) together. 

 

5) Mylute—Rosie Napravnik

Horse 
Wins

Rides
Together

Wins
Together 
Last 
Race 
Jockey
Preakness
Wins 
2 2 1 5th, Kentucky Derby

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Napravnik broke her own record by finishing fifth in the Derby—the highest finish ever for a woman. Mylute has Midnight Lute in his pedigree and has good odds for the Preakness, and Napravnik is a rising jockey in the sport. Look out for these two. 

 

6) Oxbow—Gary Stevens

Horse 
Wins

Rides
Together

Wins
Together 
Last 
Race 
Jockey
Preakness
Wins 
2 2 2 6th, Kentucky Derby 1997, 2001 

Gary Stevens is a two-time Preakness winner, so he knows what it takes to win at this track. Riding Oxbow, he'll be in the post that has produced the most winners in the history of race (15, since 1908) and is coming off a strong start in the Derby. 

 

7) Will Take Charge—Mike Smith

Horse 
Wins

Rides
Together

Wins
Together 
Last 
Race 
Jockey
Preakness
Wins 
3 0 8th, Kentucky Derby  1993 

Jon Court is Will Take Charge's normal jockey, but D. Wayne Lukas is mixing it up and going with another one-time Preakness winner—Mike Smith—this weekend in Baltimore. 

The horse has three wins in its career and finished in a surprising eighth at the Derby, but will have to pull off a miraculous ride to do win the Preakness. With Smith in tow, Lukas has to feel like he has a shot. 

 

8) Govenor Charlie—Martin Garcia

Horse 
Wins

Rides
Together

Wins
Together 
Last 
Race 
Jockey
Preakness
Wins 
2 1st, Sunland Derby (G3)  2010 

Martin Garcia and Bob Baffert made magic together in 2010, when Lookin at Lucky won the Preakness with Garcia on his back. 

Govenor Charlie did not run in the Derby but has two wins in his career (both with Smith) and his another interesting horse in this race because of his pedigree, trainer and the amount of time his jockey has spent on his back. 

 

9) Itsmyluckyday—John Velazquez

Horse 
Wins

Rides
Together

Wins
Together 
Last 
Race 
Jockey
Preakness
Wins 
0 0 15th, Kentucky Derby

Hall of Fame jockey Velazquez has surprisingly never won the Preakness, but he's riding an experienced Itsmyluckyday in Baltimore for the first time with those stakes on the line. 

After a distant finish at the Derby, Itsmyluckyday figures to be one of the horses who might benefit most from a smaller field and outside post position. Velazquez will be in charge of seeing to it. 

 

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