Orb comes into the Preakness as the even-money favorite on the morning line. He'll face eight challengers in the second leg of the Triple Crown. Who has the best shot to stop him at Pimlico on Saturday? We're going to take a shot at predicting how the horses will hit the wire.
Jockey: Julien Leparoux Trainer: D.W. Lukas Odds: 30-1 Comment: Owned by ex-Packer Hall of Famers Paul Hornung and Willie Davis. This one isn’t Super and figures to be looking at everyone else’s backside at the finish.
Jockey: John Velazquez Trainer: E. Plesa Jr. Odds: 10-1 Comment: Itsmyluckyday seemed a threat going into Derby, but continued a backward trend in recent efforts. Will be back in the pack. "He struggled with the racetrack (at Churchill), there's no question about that,” trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said. “Did it take anything out of him? No more than a regular race. He'd have been running back in two weeks anyway. If I thought it took anything out of him, A) I wouldn't have worked him and B), I don't have to come here."
Jockey: Martin Garcia Trainer: B. Baffert Odds: 12-1 Comment: Govenor Charlie is lightly raced winner of Sunland Derby for trainer Bob Baffert. The Midnight Lute colt will be near the pace at a track that historically has been speed-favoring. “He needs to run his race back that he ran at Sunland,” said Baffert, who has five Preakness wins. “I think if he runs that race back, he’s going to be very, very competitive.”
Jockey: Gary Stevens Trainer: D.W. Lukas Odds: 15-1 Comment: Oxbow was outrun by Will Take Charge in the Rebel and has not improved. No reason to expect better here. "We've got a good karma together," trainer D. Wayne Lukas said of jockey Gary Stevens. "And we've had good luck doing this and he's gotten to know that horse a little better throughout the last two or three weeks so I feel very good about it. Very good."
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik Trainer: T. Amoss Odds: 5-1 Comment: Mylute figures to enjoy better journey than in the Derby, but would need to put in a career-best effort here. "I don't know how you beat Orb. He's the best 3-year-old. If he runs his last race, he'll be difficult to beat," Mylute’s trainer Tom Amoss said.
Jockey: B. Hernandez Jr. Trainer: A. Stall Jr. Odds: 6-1 Comment: Departing’s only career loss came in the Louisiana Derby when he finished third. Mylute was second in that race. Improving colt will be running late. "I think Departing is a pretty darn nice horse, and he's fresh; probably coming into the race the right way," said Shug McGaughey, Orb's trainer.
Jockey: Kevin Krigger Trainer: Doug O’Neill Odds: 6-1 Comment: Was it the wet track in the Derby or is he just a California runner? Bettor beware if you are going to try and get your money back.
Will Take Charge
Jockey: Mike Smith Trainer: D.W. Lukas Odds: 12-1 Comment: Will Take Charge was moving stride for stride with Orb before a stopping Verrazano blocked his run in the Derby. A clear path and he could be right there at the finish. “If you look at the aerial view of the NBC telecast, you will probably make a case for him being first or second,” D. Wayne Lukas told the Daily Racing Form. “It’s amazing. He was moving beautifully, was moving with Orb, runs into a horse that shuts down.”