WASHINGTON, May 18, 2013 — The second jewel in racing’s Triple Crown could belong to Orb after today’s big race at the 138th Preakness at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore. Post time is slated for 6:20 p.m. and all eyes will be on Derby winner Orb as he goes for the $1 million purse.
The track could be a bit wet, thanks to possible showers expected to move in around early evening. However, it will not be the mud lolly that Churchill Downs was. The temperature will hover around 65 by post time and umbrellas may be necessary.
While the Derby is called the run for the Roses, the Preakness is the run for the Black-eyed Susans, aka Maryland’s state flower. Pimlico’s track is one and 3/16th miles long, a bit shorter than the track at the Derby.
Right now, everyone is calling the race Orb’s to lose, expecting him to win easily. But Departing, which sat out the Derby and grew up on the same farm as Orb, will join the other three-year-olds for this race and is expected to give the field a run for its money. Also Mylute may be a real contender this time out with Rosie Napravnik once again on aboard, looking to be the first woman jockey to win the Preakness.
All the action can be watched live on television as NBC begins its 6 1/2 hours of coverage on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET.
At 4:30 p.m., the live coverage will switch from the Sports Network to the NBC stations. Then at 6:20 p.m., they are off and running.
As with the Derby, 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas and NBC’s veteran horse racing commentator Tom Hammond will call the race along with two-time Preakness Stakes-winning jockey Jerry Bailey; analyst Randy Moss; contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; host Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman; race caller Larry Collmus, a Baltimore native; and Michelle Beadle, who will contribute features and handle interviews.
This year’s field of three-year-olds is smaller than in the past with only nine horses going for the Black-eyed Susans (the odds are in parentheses):
1. Orb (Even)
2. Goldencents (8-1)
3. Titletown Five (30-1)
4. Departing (6-1)
5. Mylute (5-1)
6. Oxbow (15-1)
7. Will Take Charge (12-1)
8. Govenor Charlie (12-1)
9. Itsmyluckyday (10-1)
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