The 2014 Preakness Stakes will feature some exciting jockeys to keep an eye on this Saturday. Given the odds of their horses and their post positions, they could be some smart choices to bet on.
Last year, one of the legendary jockeys was able to come away victorious at Pimlico Race Course. Gary Stevens was able to grab his third career win at the Preakness, riding Oxbow and leading the horse to an impressive wire-to-wire win.
While Stevens won't be in this year's race, there will be some other exciting jockeys to look out for. So let's take a look at the post positions and betting odds for all 10 horses, as well as some of the latest news surrounding the top jockeys.
|1||Dynamic Impact||Miguel Mena||12-1|
|2||General A Rod||Javier Castellano||15-1|
|3||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||3-5|
|4||Ring Weekend||Alan Garcia||20-1|
|6||Ria Antonia||Calvin Borel||30-1|
|7||Kid Cruz||Julian Pimentel||20-1|
|8||Social Inclusion||Luis Contreras||5-1|
|9||Pablo Del Monte||Jeffrey Sanchez||20-1|
|10||Ride On Curlin||Joel Rosario||10-1|
After a rough showing at this year's Kentucky Derby, Rosie Napravnik is looking to turn things around and make history once again at the Preakness.
Last year, Napravnik became the third woman to ever ride in the Preakness, riding Mylute to a solid third-place finish, which was the best finish by a female in the history of the race. Napravnik made her way onto the big stage by starting on the Maryland circuit, so this is always an important race for her as she returns to her roots.
"It would be just as special," Napravnik said on winning at Pimlico Race Course, according to Jennis Rees of The Courier-Journal. "It's a Triple Crown race. It's my home track with all my friends and family around. We'd have half the grandstand cheering for us — that's what would make it special.
"I would feel like — if I was able to ride the winner of the Preakness — that I was doing it for everybody who got me started in Maryland ..."
Napravnik will ride Bayern once again, a horse that's finished in the money in all four of his races, winning two of them. Bayern and Napravnik had a strong run at the Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs, leading from start to finish, but they were disqualified and given second place after making contact with Embellishing Bob in the final stretch, leading to a four-day suspension for Napravnik.
After getting the rail at the Kentucky Derby, Garland Gillen from Fox 8 points out that the five spot will be a much better starting spot for Napravnik.
A lot of fans will cheer for Napravnik on Saturday, and she'll be a legitimate contender to win this year's race with Bayern.
Ria Antonia has the worst odds of any horse in this year's Preakness, but with Calvin Borel riding her, anything is possible.
Borel is one of the most elite jockeys in this race, winning the Preakness back in 2009 with Rachel Alexandra and finishing in second with Street Sense in 2007. Even more impressive is his success at the Kentucky Derby, as he won the race three times in four years in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Trainer Tom Amoss announced on Monday that Borel would ride the filly in this year's race after being replaced by Joel Rosario on Ride On Curlin at the Kentucky Derby. Since Borel in 2009 was the first jockey to lead a filly to a Preakness victory since 1924, Amoss is hoping that he can do it once again.
Amoss spoke quite highly of his jockey, according to Jennie Rees, saying:
Both Ron and I wanted to put someone on Ria who would have an opportunity to work her, and feel good about her after the work. I know Calvin's confidence is very strong after that work. And that's what I like – a rider who buckles his chin strap and says, 'I'm going to win this race,' and I know that's how Calvin feels.
The odds aren't in Ria Antonia's favor, but Rick Snider from DCPressBox.com likes the filly's odds with Borel riding her.
Still vetting through the Preakness field, but watch the filly that's now getting jockey Calvin Borel. Major contender.— Rick Snider (@Snide_Remarks) May 12, 2014
Borel's presence gives Ria Antonia a better chance than she originally had, and with a solid spot coming out of the gate at No. 6, Borel will look to pull off yet another major upset.