A quick lap around Pimlico’s 1 3-16-mile track and Orb could become the 12th horse in the last 35 years to aim for the elusive Triple Crown.
The three-year-old colt has won five consecutive races, and following his thrilling finish on the final turn at the Kentucky Derby three weeks ago, is an overwhelming favorite heading into Saturday’s 138th running of the Preakness Stakes.
Last year, I’ll Have Another was the first horse in four years to win both the Derby and the Preakness.
The field has been whittled down to nine total horses, but it is considered much deeper than Orb’s competition at the Derby. Still, it will leave Orb with plenty of room to work with in the No. 1 position.
Departing and Mylute are the other favorites behind Orb. Coming in at 6-1 odds, Departing last won the Illinois Derby last month, and has won four of his last five races. He and Governor Charlie are the only horses that did not run at the Derby.
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Ridden by barrier-breaking jockey Rosie Napravnik, Mylute finished fifth at Churchill Downs. It was the best showing for any female jockey in the 139 years of the Derby.
Coverage of the race begins at 2:30 p.m. and the Preakness is scheduled for 6:18 p.m. EDT. It will be broadcast by NBC, or you can watch the live online stream at NBC Live Extra here.
Titletown Five 30/1
Will Take Charge 12/1
Governor Charlie 12/1