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Oxbow wins the 2013 Preakness Stakes
Oxbow won the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
Oxbow led right from the 1-3/16 mile-race right from the start to become the first wire-to-wire winner since 1982, according to NBC's broadcast. Kentucky-Derby winner Orb entered the first term in the middle of the pack behind leader Oxbow, moved to the outside and started making a run after that before getting caught back in the pack and finishing fourth.
Oxbow was 15/1 odds to win.
We now take three weeks off before the 145th Running of the Belmont Stakes closes out the Triple Crown on June 8 in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont loses some of its drama without any horse trying to win the Triple Crown, of course. The last winner was Affirmed in 1978.
Since winning the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, all eyes had been firmly affixed to Orb. Although not the most-favored horse entering the Derby, and indeed one who ran among the back of the pack before pulling away down the stretch, Orb's victory excited gamblers, whether those sentimentally rooting to see the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 or otherwise. Orb entered the week at even odds to win and among offshores lines improved even upon those as money was placed Saturday.
Departing, Itsmyluckyday and Take Charge were among Orb's top contenders before the race, according to SB Nation's and Anddownthestretchtheycome's Matt Gardner, after the decision was made not to run any of the horses who finished second, third or fourth in the Derby.
Triple Crown Betting Odds: The three races in the Triple Crown are clearly some of the most exciting sporting events of year, as horses gut it out for five weeks months to try to capture the ultimate prize in the Sport of Kings. Here at BookMaker Sportsbooks, we have all of the information that you need to know about the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.
The Preakness Stakes is more or less the forgotten of the Triple Crown races, but it often provides savvy bettors with the best chance of beating the horse racing betting odds. The horse that wins the Kentucky Derby is virtually always the favorite, and quite often, he is the odds on (or nearly odds on) favorite to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Generally speaking, between 12 and 14 of the best three-year old horses in the world head to Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, MD for the Preakness Stakes, and this year's edition is the 138th edition of the race, dating all the way back to 1873.
Unlike in the Kentucky Derby, where seemingly every horse that wins the bed of roses, or at the Belmont Stakes, where nine have captured the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes doesn't have that many of the memorable moments that stick out in the minds of bettors and horse racing fans alike. However, some of the best races that we have ever seen have come at Pimlico. Part of the reason for that is because the playing field is totally level nowadays. There are only two days of racing at Pimlico Racetrack a year now, the day of the Preakness Stakes, and the day of the Black Eyed Susan, the fillies equivalent.
The track record at the Preakness Stakes is held by Secretariat. The history books will say that arguably the best horse in the history of the sport won this race in 1973 with a time of 1:53 flat, but thanks to malfunctions in the clock, there are varying accounts of his actual time.
The biggest margin of victory though, was relatively recent. Smarty Jones stormed to a win at the Preakness by 11 ½ lengths after winning the Kentucky Derby, and it was a huge shock that he didn't go on to win the Belmont Stakes as well.
Over the course of the last several years, various jockeys have ridden to success at the Preakness Stakes, and there isn't a jockey that will be in the field at the 2013 Preakness Stakes that has more than two wins here on the horse racing gambling odds. Eddie Arcaro has six victories at the Preakness to lead all riders, but his most recent win came in 1957.
Though there won't be any fillies in the race this year, it isn't out of the question for a female to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. Four of the five filly winners in this race's history were from between 1903 and 1924. In 2009 though, Rachel Alexandra won the Preakness Stakes, and she became the farthest outside horse at the starting gate to win the race, as she took off from post No. 13.
Orb and Trainer Shug McGaughey are coming to the Preakness Stakes as the winner of the 2013 Kentucky Derby. This will be the horse that is the heavy favorite on the horse racing wagering odds to take down the second leg of the Triple Crown. If Orb does head to the winner's circle, McGaughey will become the 11th different trainer since 2002 to win the Preakness Stakes.
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Derby Winners Don't Always Find the Going Easy At Pimlico
Horse racing betting action is going to be taking center stage for the Triple Crown races in May and June, and here at BookMaker Sportsbook, we are zeroing in on all of the action for the Triple Crown races now that Orb has captured the Kentucky Derby.
You're not going to find many races in the Sport of Kings like those at the Triple Crown! Horse racing betting aficionados are going to want to pay close attention to the 2013 Preakness Stakes, which takes place on Saturday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m. ET. The main track at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, MD will be the showcase setting for this race, and it can be seen live on NBC.
As is always the case after the Kentucky Derby is said and done with, fans are set to make their horse racing betting picks on the colt that captured the bed of roses for the rest of the Triple Crown races. Orb has drawn all sorts of media attention, and immediately after the race, he opened up at +260 to win the Triple Crown and +140 to win the Preakness Stakes. Of course, we'll see how this all pans out next week, but before the horses all head to Baltimore, we'll take a look at how some of the Derby winners have fared at the Preakness.
Not every horse that wins the first leg of the Triple Crown comes to the Preakness Stakes, but it is a very rare occurrence when that doesn't happen. We all expect Orb to head to Pimlico, and if he does figure out how to win this race, it will be the first time since Big Brown in 2008 that a horse went to the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win horse racing's biggest prize.
Of course, just the fact that Big Brown was the most recent horse to have a bid at the Triple Crown on the horse racing betting odds is astounding considering the fact the horse that wins the Kentucky Derby is almost always the favorite at the Preakness Stakes against a significantly smaller field than what that horse ran up against at the Derby.
Even more surprising is the fact that the previous Triple Crown bid went to Smarty Jones in 2004. From 1997 through 2004 though, there were six horses that won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, though none of the six ended up winning the Triple Crown.
Of course, the last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978. Seattle Slew also did it in 1977, and prior to that, the great Secretariat captured the Triple Crown, winning the Belmont Stakes in 1973 by a whopping 31 lengths.
Orb expects to run against a field of very competitive horses. Verrazano, the third favorite and the now just once beaten three-year old champion is not expected to make the trip to the Preakness Stakes, but several contenders from the Kentucky Derby are, including Goldencents, who will probably be the second favorite on the horse racing betting lines, though a distant second to Orb. Keep in mind though, that before you go to the mutuels for this race, that history is stacked against the Kentucky Derby champion.
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