Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico has Kentucky Derby winner Orb slated to face his share of old and new rivals. Sportsbooks have listed Orb as an early 6/5 favorite to capture horse racing’s second jewel of the Triple Crown, while west coast invader Goldencents shapes up as a 6/1 second choice.
Orb closed for a 2 ½-length victory in Louisville over long shot Golden Soul, who is not expected to return for the Preakness. The exacta payout for the pair of foes worked out to a sizable $981.60, while Orb paid $12.80 to win as the contest’s morning-line and post-time favorite.
Goldencents finished a distant 17th for trainer Doug O’Neill, who won last year’s Preakness Stakes with I’ll Have Another. Jockey Kevin Krigger is expected to stay aboard, despite the contender’s setback at Churchill Downs.
The top duo expect to see their biggest challenge from Departing, who won last month’s Illinois Derby. Betting odds makers have posted an early 8/1 price on the colt’s chances in Baltimore, with the triumph at Hawthorne marking his fourth victory in five starts.
Itsmyluckyday and Will Take Charge can both be added to your sports picks at odds of 10/1, who return to action after finishing 15th and eighth in the Kentucky Derby, respectfully. Itsmyluckyday expects to have John Velazquez aboard, who has yet to win the Preakness despite a storied racing career. Will Take Charge has trainer D. Wayne Lukas looking for his first Preakness Stakes title since 1999, when Charismatic reached the winner’s circle.
Lukas has two other possible contenders in Oxbow (12/1) and Titletown Five (30/1). Oxbow placed sixth in the Kentucky Derby, making his sixth straight start at a one-mile distance or more. Titletown Five has finished out of the money in his last two outings, most recently coming in fourth as part of April’s Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Governor Charlie passed on the Kentucky Derby due to a foot bruise, but is presently “questionable” to start in the Preakness. Bob Baffert’s colt is considered an early 12/1 shot to triumph at Pimlico, which would bring the 60-year-old his sixth Preakness Stakes crown.
Mylute and Vyjack round out the early probables for the Preakness, listed at initial prices of 8/1 and 12/1, respectively. Mylute closed for fifth place in the Kentucky Derby under jockey Rosie Napravnik, who has captured her share of riding titles at Pimlico. Vyjack failed at Churchill Downs with an 18th-place run, heading back east here while keeping jockey Garrett Gomez aboard.
Trainer Todd Pletcher could be notably absent from the Preakness, with all five of his Kentucky Derby runners unexpected to enter.
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