Technology has allowed unprecedented access to sports. Thanks to a little thing called a live stream, you can watch the 138th Preakness Stakes from your smart phone, your laptop or your tablet this Saturday.
After winning the Kentucky Derby, Orb is the favorite to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. With just eight other horses to contend with, this race is unpredictable and should make for a stunning finish.
Here's what you need to know in order to catch every second of the heart-pumping action.
Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.
When: Saturday, May 18, at 6 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
You can download the NBC Live Extra app from ITunes or simply head over to NBC's Live Extra website and stream from their video boxes directly.
Here's a look at the starting spots and details for every horse entered to race this Saturday.
2013 Preakness Stakes Layout
|1||Orb||Joel Rosario||Claude 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.||5-1|
|5||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||Tom Amoss||8-1|
|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||10-1|
|9||Itsmyluckyday||John Velazquez||Eddie Plesa Jr. ||12-1|
* Current odds can be found at horseracingnation.com.
With only nine horses, this year's field at Pimlico is small, even by Preakness standards.
Orb is the prohibitive favorite to win this race, but jockey Joel Rosario will need to employ every trick in his bag to overcome a poor draw. Orb will start from post No. 1, and, according to David Grening of DRF, recent history hasn't been kind to horses starting from this spot:
David Grening @DRFGrening
Tabasco Cat (1994) only Preakness winner from the rail since 1961. #orb2013-5-15 22:12:08
Weather could be a factor as it's been raining in Baltimore on Saturday. But ABC Washington's Bob Ryan believes the weather actually favors horse racing:
Bob Ryan @BobRyanCCM
Rain moving east. Damp but good racing weather for Preakness abc7news http://t.co/U5U5R1YE1T2013-5-18 17:33:25
Should Orb defeat the field and the weather (for a second time), he'll have a shot at winning the Triple Crown in June with a victory at Belmont—a feat that hasn't been accomplished since Affirmed pulled off the trifecta in 1978.
Govenor Charlie, Goldencents and Departing all feature sprinters' speed.
Mylute and Oxbow could both win with excellent strategy and some luck, and long shots Itsmyluckyday, Will Take Charge and Titletown Five have experienced jockeys and trainers in their corner.
The biggest keys for this race will be how the jockeys handle their horses and which horse has the most left in the tank for a final push.
The small field will make for as unpredictable a race as possible, and nobody should be surprised if one of the dark horses pulls off an upset.
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