If you followed my advice on the Derby you cashed in at 5-1 on ORB. I know Webzoners, who cares! I used to be into the sport in another incarnation and this year has peaked my interest.
On to the Preakness the second jewel of the triple crown culminating with the Belmont Stakes in 3 weeks. The Preakness is run at Pimlico in Baltimore and is at the distance of a mile and three sixteenths. The track is 70 feet wide compared to Churchill Downs which is 80 feet wide. The length of the stretch is 1152 feet compared with CD which is 1235 feet. A difference of 83 feet. The turns are tighter and speed holds up better at Pimlico. The Derby had 19 starters so there was plenty of chance to be knocked out of the race at any point. There will be 9 starters in the Preakness. Here is my analysis for the contenders.
Departure - missed the Derby was beaten handily by Orb in the Florida Derby.
Mylute - Ridden by female jockey Rosie Napravnik, came in 5th in the Derby despite traffic problems. Will be over bet. The jock is as good as the boys.
Oxbow - 6th in the Derby trained by one of the greatest trainers of all time D. Wayne Lukas. Will be in the mix but I don't believe has enough closing kick.
Itsmyluckyday - Could be.
Last but not least Orb, the reason I'm doing this post is because of this horse. Solid favorite at even money. IMO a Super Horse that will win the Triple Crown. Affirmed was the last Triple Crown winner 35 years ago.