The Triple Crown has not been claimed since 1978, a 32-year drought. This could be the year that the drought ends and one jockey could be leading the way.
That jockey is Calvin Borel, who used his familiar style to win the Kentucky Derby and his third win in the last four Triple Crown races. Borel rode the rail to a victory at Churchill Downs on Super Saver.
During his winning moment in all his joy and jubilation, Borel proclaimed that with this horse he could win the Triple Crown. Borel is a third of the way to accomplishing that feat and winning the 2010 Triple Crown.
This Saturday, May 15, the next leg of the Triple Crown will be run at the Preakness in Baltimore, Maryland. Borel will stay on Super Saver, unlike last year when he jumped off Derby winner Mine That Bird to ride Rachel Alexander.
After Hurricane Ike withdrew the field shrunk from 13 horses to 12 horses. The early favorite after the posts were drawn is Super Saver out of the eighth post and a 5-2 favorite.
Standing in Borel and Super Saver’s way is Kentucky Derby pre-race favorite Lookin At Lucky who is a 3-1 favorite but is being ridden for the first time by Martin Garcia. The only other horse that is not in double digit odds is Paddy O’Prado.
Both Caracortado and Dublin are at 10-1 odds, while Jackson Bend is at 12-1 odds and Schoolyard Dreams is at 15-1 odds. Three horses are at 20-1 odds, those horses are First Dude, Pleasant Prince and, Aikenite.
Anyone looking to bet or root for the long shot, there are two horses in the Preakness at 30-1. Those two horses are Northern Giant and Yawanna Twist out of the fourth and fifth post respectively.
But the story is and will be Super Saver and Borel’s run toward history. The country will be watching Saturday to see if this pair can carry a Triple Crown opportunity in to the Belmont Stakes.
The posts, horses, jockeys and odds for every horse are below. These are the early favorites and the lines will more than likely change before Saturday’s race.
Grade 1, $1 million Preakness Stakes
|2||Schoolyard Dreams||E. Coa||15-1|
|3||Pleasant Prince||J. Leparoux||20-1|
|4||Northern Giant||T. Thompson||30-1|
|5||Yawanna Twist||E. Prado||30-1|
|6||Jackson Bend||M. Smith||12-1|
|7||Lookin At Lucky||M. Garcia||3-1|
|8||Super Saver||C. Borel||5-2|
|10||Paddy O'Prado||K. Desormeaux||9-2|
|11||First Dude||R. Dominguez||20-1|