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Preakness 2013 Morning Line

Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

Will Orb win his sixth straight race in the 2013 Preakness and move one step closer to becoming the first horse since Affirmed did it 35 years ago to win the Triple Crown? That is the question on everyone's mind as we move to only nine days out from racing's Middle Jewel. A lukewarm favorite in the Derby, bettors figure to flock to the impressive winner at Churchill Downs, and that is reflected in Orb's big favoritism in the odds below. Normandy Invasion, the horse who led the Kentucky Derby field early in the stretch, and hot new shooter, Departing, should vie for second choice at Pimlico. While the official field may still change a bit (entries for the Preakness will be taken and post positions drawn on Wednesday, May 15), this probable field should be very close to what we see on May 18. Please enjoy Horse Racing Nation's early Preakness Morning Line...












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% median consistenly around 66.7....Normal has to be 67.2 to 67.9
  • zxswordxz · I will check his %med when I return home and get back to you. BTW..Normandy Invasion had a 66.?% too. · 1618 days ago
TV. Thanks. It is an interesting fact about the Preakness that it was a handicap for 3 and up at one point.
Still waiting to hear how Vyjack was EXPOSED for running far back in the Derby.
hardly a surpise who got it first, congrats
ORB !! The Next Triple Crown Winner :) GO ORB GO !!
Tv. To answer your question I assume you mean the 18th running when it was held at Morris Park in 1890. The race was won by Montague who was a five yr old. The race was a handicap with 4 starters for 3 and up. The second finisher Philosophy was the youngest at 4 and the oldest Ten Booker was 8. It was also run in two divisions in 1918.
NIce piece. Subject to change, draw, bias. Fine start! Prepare and or BE there! TPD
It is call a pace melt down. Surface condition also play a key role. Stick to Sartin Methodology and let the computer perform your picks.
Too far back..what race were you look at?
Were you watching the same race? Slow? Vyjack was up with the pace for the first 3/4 mile. Then he faded along with the rest of them. Had he run his normal winning race he would have been closing late with the rest of the finishers. Nothing like making it up to fit your narrative. That race was not won by horses with clean silks as you professed constantly. It was quite the opposite.
Vyjack was EXPOSED in the Derby for not only being slow, but too far back by his racing style.
I think Orb's only threat would be Vyjack. Yes he was 18th on a slppy track but I think he has the speed, if the track stays dry. Too bad Verazano isn't runny. I think he would have been the big contender for this race.
Thanx bigdawg for the research, I used another source rather than do my own research, after 40+ years of handicapping runners & pacers, I can still get schooled.
No. There was one?
Recall the only 5 yeaer old Preakness winner?
Vyjack appears to be the horse with value in the vertical exotics. I can easily see him getting in the money.
Thank you for the information, Icy, I'll try and put it to good use
Speaking for myself, the only reason I start to wager seriously on the Preakness is that usually 3 or 4 horses will have proved themselves at that distance by virtue of the KD. That is not the case this year. Many times the first 3/4 finishers in the KD will repeat in the Preakness. Many times in the same order but just the same they're in the first 4 horses to finish. The KD is a pedigree race, this year except for Orb, so is the Preakness. I bet a total of $60.00 on the KD, unless I flat Orb I plan on staying in that range. As for importance, pace or stamina, pace. Once they start to mature it comes down to pace as they've all run the assigned distance already and it's the internal fractions that produce the outcome for the most part. In these type races where horses are running farther I key a horse like Orb and get a triple 30/40 times. I'm still in the entertainment range as far as money wagered, but if I hit it will be a good one. Basically for myself there are two types of wagering races, those I try to win a decent amount on and those I try to score big on. It's just like earning a living, you have to earn enough to buy the bread before you can buy the cake. Neccessity then luxury. You mentioned that you felt Orb could be beat. Now for myelf that's value. Actually wagering on a horse you really think can beat the favorite. These should be among your larger wagers, because realistically it doesn't jump off the page that often. Have a good day
2. I count 8 since 1997 (16 years). Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Charismatic, War Emblem, Funny Cide, Smarty Jones, Big Brown, I'll Have Another. Who's the 9th? Perhaps you meant 24 years.
1. Guess you forgot about Rachel Alexandra and Bernardini. I don't recall either running in the Derby.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

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