Preakness 2013 Post Positions: What Experts Are Saying About Draw

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2013

May 18, 2013; Baltimore, MA, USA; Eric Camacho aboard Debt Ceiling (3) wins race 4 before the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico race course. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2013 Preakness Stakes is approaching fast, and the excitement over where each horse will start the second leg of the Triple Crown has horse racing fans at a fever pitch.

Preakness Stakes' official Twitter revealed the post positions that were drawn earlier this week, and the experts have come out in force to give their options on where each horse starts on Saturday:

All of the following top contenders are under a microscope at Pimlico Race Course, and which post position each breaks out of the gate will play a role in where each of these horse's finish.


Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore

When: Saturday, May 18, 2013

Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC


2013 Preakness Stakes Post Positions 

Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Orb Joel Rosario
Shug McGaughey
2 Goldencents
Kevin Krigger
Doug O’Neill
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



The favorite coming into the Preakness has been Orb all along. With forecasting rainy conditions in Baltimore Saturday, the Triple Crown contender looks to run his way out of the No. 1 post position and to the front of the pack.

While the wet conditions at Pimlico Race Course will play into orb’s favor, Daily Racing Form’s David Grening reminds us that the No. 1 position is less-than-ideal:

Orb proved at Churchill Downs that he can come through the pack in sloppy conditions to steal a win. As long as he avoids falling all the way to the back of the pack or getting trapped along the rail, the Derby winner will steal the Preakness Stakes.



After a solid finish at the Kentucky Derby (fifth place), Mylute will look to prove the critics that say the colt can’t win on a track longer than a mile wrong by stunning Orb and taking the Preakness Stakes victory.

Mylute’s jockey Rosie Napravnik—one of the best in the sport and one of the few females in the male-dominated profession—took to Twitter to talk about her post position (No. 5) and her feeling about the draw:

Not only does Mylute have the speed and acceleration out of the gate to get an early lead, the experience running on sloppy conditions at Churchill Downs and the talent of jockey Napravnik will be enough to help this horse finish in the top three and contend for the win.



While Oxbow isn’t a betting favorite for Saturday’s race, this is a horse that was built for the course and conditions at this year’s Preakness. After finishing sixth at the Kentucky Derby, Oxbow starts in the No. 6 post position and is ready to prove his dominance.

Horse racing insider Stephen Panus reveals on Twitter what makes Oxbow's draw for the 2013 Preakness Stakes very favorable:

Not only did Oxbow draw a favorable starting spot, the horse is trained by the legendary D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. With everything going his way, watch out for Oxbow to contend Saturday.