New Shooters Line Up For 2013 Preakness Showdown

New Shooters Take Aim at Orb in 2013 Preakness

2013 PreaknessThis Saturday the world will be watching as this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, sets out to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. Many of his competitors fell short against him in the Derby and will be looking to redeem themselves in the 138th Preakness. Orb will find himself surrounded by the likes of Oxbow, Mylute, Itsmyluckyday, Goldencents, and Will Take Charge, a familiar group he had no trouble passing up in the Derby. But what of the other horses in the Preakness? The “New Shooters”, if you will, that are all headed to Baltimore for the showdown. All aiming for Orb…

Orb at PimlicoEach of these horses had reasons for not competing in the Derby.  Whether it was from a lack of points, a trainer’s call or needing time off from an injury, it doesn’t matter.  They are all ready to take on the champ and crush his chance at Triple Crown greatness.  And why not? If history serves as any indication, they have just as much of a chance pulling off the upset as Orb has of winning, statistically speaking. More importantly, their running styles will play a big role in shaping this race. Let’s take a look at the whole line-up with post positions. Each new shooter is highlighted.


2013 Preakness Line-Up

Preakness New Shooters’ Gallery

Titletown FiveTitletown Five-  Titletown Five, one of 3 D. Wayne Lukas entries in the Preakness, will be starting in the 3 slot next to Goldencents and Departing. Titletown has had 7 starts, winning only his maiden, 2 places and one show. Noteworthy is the fact that he has actually beaten Orb before. In August at Saratoga, Titletown Five ran 2nd and beat Orb in his very first race by a little over a length. A lot of time has passed since then, though, and Orb has greatly improved whereas Titletown really hasn’t shown us that much running second in the Gazebo, 9th in the Louisiana Derby and 4th in the Derby Trial. Personally, I like Titletown Five in this race, but not as a play. I believe Titletown Five will run to the front with Goldencents and tire him down, giving a better shot to off-the-pace runners.


Govenor CharlieGovenor Charlie- Bob Baffert’s Govenor Charlie will be coming out of the 8 hole with Will Take Charge and Itsmyluckyday on either side. This horse has had only 3 starts and has ran well in all 3, taking 2nd in his first race and winning his last 2, including the Sunland Derby. I see a lot of potential in this horse especially since he was gaining ground in the Sunland Derby at the end and drew clear. He also seems like he will do well at the longer distance, so I think he is worth keeping an eye on, especially for exotic plays. I may be one of the few people you’ll see touting for this horse, but I think it’s quite likely we’ll see a surprise run out of Govenor Charlie this Saturday. I believe he will be coming off the pace at the end and could be right up there with his half-brother Mylute, Orb and Will Take Charge.


DepartingDeparting- There has been a lot of talk about this Illinois Derby winner and rightfully so. As you may have heard, Churchill Downs left the Illinois Derby off of their list of Derby point races, an oversight that many are upset about. Should Departing fare well in the Preakness, it should definitely give Churchill a reason to revise their points system to include this race. As for Departing, this Claiborne Farm gelding has won 4 of his 5 starts and ran 3rd in the Louisiana Derby behind Mylute and Revolutionary.  It was a much more crowded field that day than it will be in the Preakness, so traffic problems shouldn’t be as big of a problem for him as it seemed to be in the Louisiana Derby. Then again, the same will hold true for Mylute. I don’t think that Departing should be counted out, though and might be trouble given a good trip.

Shooting For A Preakness Longshot

In my opinion, I think that Titletown Five will prove problematic for Goldencents as the two front runners in this race. I believe they will duel for the lead early on, only to tire one another out. Whether or not Goldencents can outlast Titletown Five and hold on to the lead is really up for grabs. Goldencents did it with ease in the Santa Anita Derby, but he was also at home. I’ve noticed that over the past week or so, Pimlico has not been too kind to front runners, and has shown a lot of favor to off the pace horses.  I think this will hurt Goldencents and Titletown Five in the Preakness.

Govenor Charlie winning Sunland DerbyI believe towards the end of the race we are going to see Orb, Mylute, Will Take Charge and Departing make their moves, with a possible surge from Govenor Charlie and Itsmyluckyday.  Look for the finish to be a close one, folks! I know the old man (Mike Sr.) is pulling for Will Take Charge and I believe he is probably right. Secretly, I’m all for Orb going on to win the Triple Crown, but I believe we may be in for a bit of heartache on that one. Since I’m in a toss-up for who I like best, I will be boxing several combos for this race including Will Take Charge, Orb, Mylute and Departing. Of the new shooters in this race, my longshot money will be on Govenor Charlie.



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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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