2013 Preakness Cheat Sheet
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
2013 Preakness Replay
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Did you watch the Derby? Of course you did. Did you feel unprepared? We tried to help! Here it is two weeks later and you’re still in the same boat. Well, fret not, we’re here for you… again! Although we strongly suggest that you sign up for our Derby Prep Alert so you’re not so unprepared next year.
Here’s a little something about the 2013 Preakness field by post position. Be sure to check out our 2013 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet for more back story on the starters coming from the Derby.
1. Orb (1-1) – FOURTH – The Kentucky Derby winner proved to be a deserving favorite with a performance worthy of his pre-race buzz. While he may be tough to beat, the shorter distance will certainly aid his Derby competitors.
2. Goldencents (8-1) – One of the casualties of the unexpectedly fast Derby pace, he sat right behind the leader and was done halfway through. His finish position of 17th isn’t as bad as it looks on paper, considering that jockey Kevin Krigger eased him out of the race after he tired. He gets another shot to strut his stuff under more suitable conditions: a shorter distance and a fast, dry track (currently only 21% chance of rain!).
3. Titletown Five (30-1) – Like Departing, he comes out of the Louisiana Derby, where he faded to ninth after getting in a speed duel. Last out in the Derby Trial, he sat off the pace but didn’t fire in the stretch. His chances donâ€™t look good, but he should help ensure a lively pace, especially breaking next to Goldencents.
4. Departing (6-1) – Looked like a monster winning the Illinois Derby last month, but a monster among pussycats. He faced Revolutionary, Mylute and Golden Soul in the Louisiana Derby but couldn’t go with the top two in that race. He’s certainly got a lot of buzz, but he’s also got his work cut out for him.
5. Mylute (5-1) – THIRD (SHOW) – Was one of the handful in the Derby who finished well, sitting at the back of the pack for half of the race and then closing at the end for fifth place, only 3 Â¾ lengths behind Orb. The cutback in distance and smaller field give him a better shot at one of the top spots.
6. Oxbow (15-1) – WINNER – Not only did he sit on the fast pace for most of the Derby, but he managed to hold on for sixth place, which is far better than the rest of his fellow frontrunners. He’s got a much better shot at one of the top spots with the cutback in distance.
7. Will Take Charge (12-1) – He might have been able to finish better than eighth if he didn’t have to alter his course to pass tired horses in the stretch, although we’ll never know how much better. No doubt the cutback in distance and smaller field will help his chances.
8. Govenor Charlie (12-1) – A foot bruise kept the lightly raced Sunland Derby winner out of the Kentucky Derby. He comes in fresh with a nice string of endurance-based workouts but hasn’t raced since March. He seems to be getting dismissed as a speedball that will fade in the stretch, but he’s shown he can relax off the pace, which should be helpful here.
9. Itsmyluckyday (10-1) – SECOND (PLACE) – After a lackluster performance in the Derby for 15th, he’ll have to prove that his lucky day wasn’t earlier in the year. He does get the services of jockey John Velazquez, who always seems to have a lucky day when he picks up a new mount in a Triple Crown race.