Preakness Stakes Predictions
The 138th running of the Preakness Stakes goes down this Saturday and millions will be watching to see if Kentucky Derby winner Orb has what it takes to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive. Here’s a look at my 2013 Preakness Stakes predictions.
Win: Orb (-110)
After watching Orb dominate on a sloppy track at the Kentucky Derby, I don’t think there’s anyway he loses the second leg of the Triple Crown. The three horses that finished behind Orb at Churchill Downs are all sitting out this race. Mylute is the only horse in the field outside of Orb who finished in the Top 5, but I’m not worried about that horse. Mylute hasn’t won a race in three starts this season and has just two victories in 10 career starts.
Place: Departing (+650)
Of the horses that didn’t race in the Derby, I believe Departing has the best chance of keeping Orb from heading to the Belmont Stakes with a shot becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Departing has really looked strong in his five career starts. He’s won four of them and is coming off an easy win at the G3 Illinois Derby last month.
Show: Will Take Charge (+1200)
Will Take Charge ended up finishing 8th at the Kentucky Derby, but I think he’s poised to rebound with a strong showing at the Preakness Stakes. If you watched the race closely, Will Take Charge had to slow up to avoid colliding with a fading Verrazano. If it wasn’t for that, I think this horse would have finished in the Top 5 without a problem. This horse has shown the ability to go out and run when asked and should benefit from having jockey Mike Smith on his back