While every racing fan will have history on their minds on Saturday as they watch Orb attempt to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown, there are plenty of other horses and people involved in the Preakness Stakes who can potentially make history themselves.
Horse racing has such a long and rich history that it is truly special when something is accomplished for the first time ever or for the first time in many years. There will be plenty of chances for that to happen in this nine-horse field as almost everyone involved can potentially do something special.
Here are the top three history-making accomplishments that could potentially come to fruition at Saturday's Preakness Stakes.
|1||Orb||Joel Rosario||Shug McGaughey||10-13|
|2||Goldencents||Kevin Krigger||Doug O'Neill||9-1|
|3||Titletown Five||Julien Leparoux ||D. Wayne Lukas||33-1|
|4||Departing||Brian Hernandez Jr.||Albert M. Stall Jr.||7-1|
|5||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||Tom Amoss||17-2|
|6||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas||18-1|
|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 courtesy of Bovada
Rosie Napravnik First Winning Female Jockey
Rosie Napravnik acquitted herself quite well aboard Mylute in the Kentucky Derby as they finished fifth in a stacked field. While she was unable to become the first female jockey to win the Derby, her fifth-place finish was the best for a female jockey in the premier race at Churchill Downs. Napravnik is hoping to build upon that on Saturday as she can become the first female jockey to win the Preakness Stakes.
While Mylute is only No. 3 in terms of the betting-line favorites, he certainly has a chance to come out on top. He surprised a lot of people with a strong run in the Kentucky Derby, and nobody is questioning Napravnik's status as an elite jockey at this point.
Even if Mylute finishes dead last, Saturday will be a big day for Napravnik. According to Mike Gathagan of Pimlico Race Course, Napravnik will be only the third female rider in Preakness history.
That, in and of itself, is pretty special. Napravnik probably looks at herself as just another jockey, though, so simply starting the race won't be enough in her book. She wants to win just like the other eight jockeys involved. Outlasting Orb will be an extremely tall order, but Napravnik is up to the task.
Kevin Krigger First Black Jockey Winner since 1898
Much like Napravnik, jockey Kevin Krigger is looking to ride into the record books at the Preakness. He also had a chance to make history at the Kentucky Derby as he could have become the first black jockey to win The Run for the Roses since Jimmy Winkfield in 1902. Goldencents ultimately faltered, though, as he couldn't keep up the break-neck pace that he set and ended up finishing 17th. Krigger will look for redemption at Pimlico.
If Krigger wins the Preakness, it will be even more historic. According to Baltimore City and Press, Krigger would be the first black jockey to win the Preakness Stakes since 1898.
It has been a very long time since an African-American jockey has been relevant, so Krigger is breaking the mold no matter how well Goldencents runs on Saturday. If Goldencents struggles in the Preakness like he did in the Kentucky Derby, though, Krigger will likely consider this endeavor to be a failure. Goldencents should be one of the most talented horses in the field, so Krigger should be able to contend.
Expect redemption to be on Krigger's mind more so than anything as he wants to prove that the Kentucky Derby was a fluke. A victory would certainly accomplish that, but it would also give hope to aspiring black jockeys who hope to be like Krigger one day.
D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert Look to Move Up All-Time List
D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert are two of the greatest horse racing trainers of all time. Whenever they have horses entered in a big event, they are always a threat to win.
Since their horses comprise four-ninths of the Preakness field on Saturday, there is certainly a decent chance that one of them will be celebrating. If either Lukas or Baffert manages to win, they will move up to No. 2 on the all-time Preakness victory list.
According to The Associated Press, Robert Wyndham holds the record for Preakness wins with seven. Both Lukas and Baffert are in hot pursuit as they have five victories apiece, which makes them the winningest active trainers at Pimlico, according to Racing Stats & Info on Twitter.
Although Shug McGaughey is in the driver's seat with Orb to his credit, both Lukas and Baffert are in the mix. Lukas actually has three horses entered in the form of Will Take Charge, Oxbow and Titletown Five, who happen to be the longest shots on the board. Baffert has everything riding on Govenor Charlie, who also is not considered to be among the top contenders.
Both legendary trainers know that they have their work cut out for them as Orb is a heavy favorite, but they are hoping that strength in numbers will prevail. It isn't as if either man needs to add anything more to their respective résumés, but they both want to win nonetheless.
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