The first jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, is in the books. Here we are, my horse racing lovers and dear readers, two weeks later, and we are at “Old Hilltop,” also known as Pimlico Race Course for the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes.
The Preakness Stakes is the middle jewel of the Triple Crown for 3YOs. The race got it’s name from a horse named Preakness who won the Dixie Stakes in 1870 on opening day for Pimlico Race Course. Milton Holbrook Sanford’s Preakness Stables was the owner, and he was from Preakness, in Wayne Township, New Jersey.
Now, here we are in 2013, and Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who has been training very well, is going to try to add the Preakness to his win column. Can the Malibu Moon colt be another Kentucky Derby-Preakness Stakes winner, and then head to Elmont, NY to try to be the 12th Triple Crown winner?
Well, below is the nine horse field for this Saturday’s Preakness, and I will tell you what I think.
Preakness Stakes (G1), Saturday, May 18, 2013
Purse: $1,000,000; 1 3/16 miles for 3yos
Trainer: Claude “Shug” MacGaughey III.
Jockey: Joel Rosario
M/L Odds: 1-1
My comments: I don’t think the #1 hole is going to bother Kentucky Derby winner Orb one bit. I don’t think the so called “tight turns” at Pimlico are going to bother him either. Orb is the heavy favorite, and rightly so.
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
Jockey: Kevin Krigger
M/L Odds: 8-1
My Comments: Well, the horse burnt himself out at the Derby, so we will see if Pimlico is to his liking. I am sure he will be going to the front, and helping to set up a fast pace. I don’t think he will be wearing the Black Eyed Susans though.
Horse: Titletown Five
Trainer: D.Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
M/L Odds: 30-1
My Comments: He has not impressed me, but if you pull for the Green Bay Packers, this may be the horse for you.
Trainer: A. Stall Jr.
Jockey: B. Hernandez Jr.
M/L Odds: 6-1
My Comments: This is the horse who won the Illinois Derby, but somehow his race was not counted toward the Derby. This is the “new shooter,” people are talking about. He could be a big threat.
Trainer: T. Moss
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
M/L Odds: 5-1
My Comments: Much like “Charge,” MyLute had some bad luck in the Derby, or he would have possibly hit the board, instead of finishing fifth. Rosie Napravnik may keep him closer to the pace. I’d use him in the exotics.
Trainer: D.W. Lukas
Jockey: Gary Stevens
M/L Odds: 15-1
My Comments: Did terribly in the Derby. He may be in the mix for the lead. Don’t have a lot of confidence in him.
Horse: Will Take Charge
Trainer: D.W. Lukas
Jockey: Mike Smith
M/L Odds: 12-1
My Comments: If not for a troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby, I think Will Take Charge finishes much better than 8th. Use in exotics.
Horse: Governor Charlie
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: M. Garcia
M/L Odds: 12-1
My Comments: “Charlie” is a “new shooter,” to the Triple Crown races. The Baffert trainee won the Sunland Derby last time out. In his three races, he has finished with 2 wins and a second. The three races were two maiden races (races for horses who have never won a race), and the Sunland Derby, so he is a bit unproven.
I’d use him for the exotics.
Trainer: E. Plesa Jr.
Jockey: John Velasquez
M/L Odds: 10-1
My Comments: After showing promise earlier in the year, “Lucky” wound up 15th in the Derby. I wasn’t all that sold on him then, and still not sold on him now.
Your winner of the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes is: Orb
For those who like to bet long shots: TitleTown Five
Well, that is it for the Preakness. Will Orb win the Preakness, and have 2/3 of the Triple Crown? Watch NBC at 5:00pm to find out. Post time is 6:20pm.
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