The second leg of racing's Triple Crown will get underway this weekend with the 2013 Preakness Stakes taking over the Pimlico Race Course in Maryland.
And whilst the Preakness might not bring with it the same glam and public attention that the Kentucky Derby did earlier this month, there's still no shortage of talking points and key storylines to watch for this weekend—particularly as we move closer to start time on Saturday evening.
Read on to see all the key race details and information for the Preakness Stakes, as well as the most intriguing storylines to follow along with on Saturday.
|Date||Start Time||Watch||Live Stream|
|Saturday, May 18, 2013||6:20 p.m. ET||NBC||NBC Sports|
Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md. ($1 million purse, one-and-three-sixteenth miles)
2013 Preakness Stakes: Most Intriguing Storylines to Watch
Which Sleepers Will Thrive This Weekend?
Every race will feature its more fancied runners, but as we were reminded of in the recent Kentucky Derby, sometimes it's the outside horses that steal the show.
Golden Soul ruined many people's trifectas/supertrifectas at Churchill Downs. Even with a smaller field at Pimlico this weekend (and therefore shorter odds for the less-fancied horses), there's still a great chance at some of the sleepers in the field coming to life here.
Govenor Charlie and Will Take Charge (both 12-1) appear like excellent sleepers coming into the weekend's race, and have more than enough talent to surprise here.
Will Take Charge in particular is looming as a real threat, with two victories already at Oaklawn Park in 2013, plus a win in the Rebel Stakes. If he can get a nice run from his outside post position—crossing the field early or settling in behind the pace at the back of the pack—he'll be a real chance in this one.
Can Goldencents Bounce Back from His Kentucky Derby Flop?
After finding himself stuck out wide at the 2013 Kentucky Derby, Goldencents was pushed to the front of the field by jockey Kevin Krigger in a desperate attempt to stay with the pace—something that backfired after Palace Malice's incredible pace left him with nothing to give down the straight.
He finished well back in the field in 17th position, and the biggest question will be as to whether he's capable of rectifying those mistakes in this weekend's race.
Drawn into post No. 2, Goldencents will have an interesting early battle with Orb and Titletown Five on either side that should see him go to the front early.
Krigger is a strong jockey and will know exactly what this horse is capable of after his run at Churchill Downs. If Orb or Departing get stuck in traffic heading into the straight or coming down the home stretch, then Goldencents may well have a lead that will prove very tough to run down on the day.
Will Orb's Triple Crown Still Remain Alive?
However, the biggest storyline of them all this weekend is surrounding Orb, and whether he'll be able to keep his Triple Crown bid alive after the Preakness Stakes.
Orb won the Kentucky Derby in fairly comfortable fashion, with a run from the back one of his less customary victories. However, what it did show was that he was capable of winning regardless of what transpired ahead of him in the race, and as a result, he'll be very tough to beat in this one.
Joel Rosario is in brilliant form, and even with the No. 1 gate, the pairing between he and Orb will prove to be very tough to stop at Pimlico this weekend.
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