Preakness Stakes 2013: Post Time, TV Schedule and More

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Preakness Stakes 2013: Post Time, TV Schedule and More
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Following a dominant performance down the stretch at Churchill Downs two weeks ago, Kentucky Derby winner Orb will look to move within one win of becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 35 years by conquering the 2013 Preakness Stakes.

The annual thoroughbred racing event is held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and is run on a 1 3/16-mile dirt track, the shortest of the three Triple Crown races.

In 2012, it was I'll Have Another stealing the show, winning the Stakes to become the fifth horse since 2002 to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown. If Orb is going to become the first horse since 1978's Affirmed to win all three legs, he'll have to follow in I'll Have Another's footsteps on Saturday.

Below we'll get you up to speed with everything you need to know for the 138th Preakness Stakes.

 

Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore

When: Saturday, May 18, 2013

Post Time: 6:05 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

 

2013 Preakness Stakes TV Schedule

Date Event Coverage (ET) Channel
Saturday, May 18 Preakness Stakes Prep 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Saturday, May 18 138th Preakness Stakes
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
NBC

*Information via NBCSports.com.

 

Here's a breakdown of Saturday's nine-horse field:


2013 Preakness Stakes Post Positions 

Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
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.

 

Contenders to Watch For

Orb, Even

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Orb will be the overwhelming favorite to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, and for good reason.

Shug McGaughey's talented colt has won five straight races dating back to last November, including the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes and the Grade I Florida Derby prior to May 4's Run for the Roses.

Despite his dominance, Orb, who drew the rail on Wednesday, will have to overcome a poor post draw on Saturday if he's going to keep the Triple Crown bid alive. It's been 19 years since a horse won the Preakness from the rail.

Tabasco Cat was the last to accomplish the feat back in 1994. 

The good news for jockey Joel Rosario, though, is that there are only nine horses in this year's field, which means Orb will have a better chance of getting out cleanly.

 

Mylute, 5-1

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Following a fifth-place finish at the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, Mylute will look to spoil Orb's Triple Crown bid in Baltimore this weekend.

Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, the Grade II Louisiana Derby runner-up will start smack dab in the middle of the nine-horse field, from post No. 5.

There's certainly no reason for Napravnik or trainer Tom Amoss to fret over Mylute's starting post on Saturday. After all, it's been only two years since a horse won the Preakness from post No. 5. Shackleford won from that slot in 2011.

Plus, Mylute demonstrated excellent closing speed at Churchill Downs two weeks ago, fighting off a sluggish start out of the gate to finish strong. With fewer horses to contend with on Saturday, Mylute is certain to be in the mix down the stretch.

 

Departing, 6-1

Albert Stall's emerging colt Departing did not run in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, but he did win the Grade III Illinois Derby in his most recent outing last month.

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Running from post No. 4, Departing will look to make up for his third-place finish in the Grade II Louisiana Derby last March by winning the Preakness Stakes. He currently has the third-best odds to win behind Orb and Mylute.

While there is some doubt about the level of competition Departing has faced in his previous races, the results speak for themselves. In five career races, the impressive colt has produced four wins, finishing in the money in all five events.

With only nine horses set to run this weekend, perhaps the stage is set for Departing to deliver an upset from post No. 4 at Pimlico.

 

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