Preakness 2013 Entries: Breaking Down Best Bets in the Triple Crown Field

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IMay 18, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 16:  Jockey Kevin Krigger takes Preakness entrant Goldencents over the track  in preparation for the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Preakness Stakes is set to run in just a few hours, meanings there’s just enough time left for bettors to get to the nearest OTB and place down some bets on the action at Pimlico.

With such a small field and so many non-contenders competition, it shouldn’t be too tough to turn a profit—albeit small—during the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.

If you haven’t yet decided on how your tickets will look, keep reading to find out which three horses have the best shot at hitting the board and paying dividends on Saturday evening. 

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Win: Orb at 1-1

Orb is the heavy favorite heading into this race, and for good reason.

During his winning Kentucky Derby run, the colt proved that he’s an absolute beast in the slop. That experience and skill will be perfect with rains expected in the Baltimore area prior to—and possibly during—the Triple Crown race.

Although he’s been saddled with the dreaded No. 1 post, there’s just not enough traffic around him to keep him pinned down. Jockey Joel Rosario should be able to position his stalker just off the lead with plenty of room to surge ahead after the turn.

Even if he’s positioned in the far back midway through the race, there shouldn’t be any doubt about this colt’s ability to make up ground in a hurry. His Beyer Speed Figure clocked in at a ridiculous 104 two weeks ago, which means he will be able to catch any other competitor in this event.

Bet against Orb at your own peril, as this superstar is going to claim the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico.


Place: Goldencents at 8-1

While Goldencents was mired in the slop and irritated by the kickback at Churchill Downs, he’s not going to have as much trouble with the conditions on Saturday.

Due to the small nine-horse field, jockey Kevin Krigger will be able to position his mount either ahead of the pack or away from the splashing muds that killed his chances during the Run for the Roses.

The former way would be ideal for Goldencents, as he’s a wire-to-wire runner that dominated his prep races by taking an early lead and never relinquishing them. He certainly has the speed to accomplish this, evident by his 105 BSF recorded at the Santa Anita Derby.

Unfortunately, his stamina may fail him down the stretch of this 9.5-furlong sprint. Orb simply possesses a longer stride and elite closing abilities, which is why it’s extremely possible Goldencents will be surpassed in the final lengths and finish in second.

Doug O’Neill’s polarizing horse may not win it this weekend, but he’s not a bad bet at all to place and place in exacta, trifecta and superfecta boxes.


Show: Govenor Charlie at 12-1

Speaking of trifectas, those looking for a sleeper to round theirs out should highly consider Govenor Charlie.

He’s a relatively unknown and untested colt, but one that hasn’t failed to hit the board during any of his three early races, finishing with two wins and a place in that span.

In fact, Govenor Charlie set a new track record at the Sunland Derby and comes into this with fresh legs and plenty to prove after being held out of the Kentucky Derby due to injury.

At 12-1, he’s an absolute value and could even give Orb a major scare toward the finish line. There’s no doubting his speed, but endurance could be an issue for this horse at the Preakness.

Regardless, Govenor Charlie is the perfect contender to place in exotic bets and will likely surprise the world with a close second- or third-place showing on Saturday.


2013 Preakness Stakes | Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD | Purse: $1 Million | Grade I | Distance: 9.5 furlongs | Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET | Watch Live on NBC | Live Stream on NBC Sports





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