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Preakness Stakes Preview

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 5/16/2013 7:07:08 PM

What: Preakness
Who: Orb (key on top in trifecta with Goldencents, Departing, Will Take Charge, Govenor Charlie and Mylute)
Where: Pimlico
When: Saturday, May 18

The Preakness has drawn a relatively small field trying to knock Orb off the mountain and hopefully online sports betting site players will be able to sniff out a solid exotic wager and make some money.

Goldencents ran better than it looked last time. He was caught up in the fast splits and just didn’t have anything left. This runner has had a legit campaign and note the 105 Santa Anita Derby Beyer was 11 points higher than last year’s victor. The pace on the May 4 figured to be moderate but it came up hot as Palace Malace was loose on the lead, and the whole complexion of the online betting race changed.

Goldencents was the first contender to show up in Baltimore and will be trying to duplicate something that was done in 1996. In that year Louis Quatorze was 16th in the Derby but wired his Preakness foes. His trainer O’Neill has some interesting thoughts in the Courier-Journal, O’Neill: “We’re still scratching out head on how the Derby unfolded. I think he just didn’t enjoy the kickback, the slop and where he was. Kevin (Krigger) did a great job. When Palace Malice flew out of there, there was no sense in chasing him. It just wasn’t his day. I think the (Preakness’) shorter distance, and we’ll just take the approach of ‘come and get us”.

Departing, the new shooters, showed a new wrinkle last time settling from post 13 and winning going away. At least one horse that skipped the Derby has finished in the Preakness trifecta 9 of the last 11 years and 8 finished in the exacta.

In this runner’s only loss he was right there are the top of the lane in the strong Louisiana Derby but could not carry on with the momentum. Co-owned by Claiborne Farm, the same farm where Orb was raised and in fact the two horses were raised in the same paddock growing up, once could envision him settling early behind a legit pace, and then making the big run in the final furlong.

The horse betting search of a Preakness winner pretty much starts and ends with Orb.

It took time, but once the light went on, it has shone brightly for this talented charge. Joel Rosario let him settle in the Derby and didn’t rush and that was one of the keys to victory. The runner is proven on fast and off surfaces and he has been able to adapt to the fast pace of the Derby but was also closer to the lead in the slower pace of the Florida Derby.

Five of the last 11 Kentucky Derby winners repeated in the Preakness. Orb’s trainer Shug McGaughey was flat out giddy about the last workout before this race, Shug: “It thought it was freaky. It didn’t look like he got out of a high gallop. It gave me chills, I’ll tell you that. That’s what good horses do”.

Expect the pace to be quicker than some thing in this race. Goldencents and Oxbow will be gunning early but they will not be alone. Orb figures to sit and settle and then try to reel them all in.

Key Orb on top in the trifecta with Goldencents, Departing, Will Take Charge, Govenor Charlie and Mylute.

Good luck.

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