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The second leg of the Triple Crown is set to take place this Saturday as Orb will try to keep hopes alive for winning all three races. After an impressive victory at the Kentucky Derby earlier this month, oddsmakers are on the bandwagon for the thoroughbred to capture the second leg.
The Preakness is host to the smallest of the three fields that make up the Triple Crown Races, but in 2013 it’s even smaller than normal. Typically, we see about 14 horses run, but officials of the Preakness have said there will be between eight and 12. As it stands now, there are 10 horses committed to running in the 2013 Preakness, led of course by the Kentucky Derby winner.
Orb – 11/10 (+110)
Departing – 4/1 (+400)
Goldencents – 7/1 (+700)
Itsmyluckday – 7/1 (+700)
Governor Charlie – 12/1 (+1200)
Mylute – 12/1 (+1200)
Oxbow – 15/1 (+1500)
Will Take Charge – 15/1 (+1500)
Vyjack – 20/1 (+2000)
Titletown Five – 35/1 (+3550)
Orb was the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby and came through with the victory. As such, there was probably more bettors who profited with many choosing to go with the favorite. At post time for the Kentucky Derby, Orb was about a 4 to 1 or 5 to 1 favorite depending on the racebook that was used.
As for the 2013 Preakness betting odds, Orb is the clear favorite, with a payout much closer to even at BetOnline Sportsbook. In fact, it’s just about an even money payout, with the line set at 11 to 10. For you bettors, that is an $11 profit for every $10 that is wagered. Preakness futures wagers can be made from now up until the day of the race, when racebooks will take over for the day’s events.
But there are a couple of reasons why Orb is going off at 11 to 10. In addition to the fact that he won the Kentucky Derby, the smaller field will narrow down the odds as well. There were 20 horses in the Derby a couple of weeks ago.
Behind Orb is Departing, paying out at 4 to 1. Departing was not in the field at the Kentucky Derby, but is expected to be the No.1 contender. Departing captured the Illinois Derby earlier this year, and has won four of five starts with the only loss coming at the Louisiana Derby.
As we go down the list, we get to Goldencents. Goldencents was in the Kentucky Derby, but finished a distant 17th place to Orb. Oddsmakers at BetOnline still think that Goldencents will be a big factor, installing the thoroughbred at 7 to 1, along with Itsmyluckyday. Itsmyluckyday didn’t fare much better in the Kentucky Derby, finishing 15th.
But behind these horses, the odds continue to jump, from 12 to 1, with Governor Charlie, all the way to the longest shot in Titletown Five at 35 to 1.
LatestBettingOdds.com will keep track of the Preakness odds all throughout the week, so make sure to keep checking back with us.