On Saturday, up to 14 three-year-olds will traverse the 3-16th-mile stretch and then take a full lap around the one-mile Pimlico oval in a battle for the Woodlawn Vase, the most valuable trophy in sports. The winner, of course, will be the 136th Preakness champion.
Animal Kingdom, who overcame trouble on the far turn to score a resounding win in the Kentucky Derby, is almost assuredly going to go off as the favorite. If he hits the wire first, he'll be only a mile-and-a-half from Triple Crown immortality.
The post positions won't be drawn until Wednesday, and several key players, including Nehro, are still noncommittal for the nation's second Classic. But assuming that the Top 14 eligible contenders do go to the post, here are the projected odds and contenders for the 136th Preakness Stakes: