Horse Andrew Beyer's Analysis Odds

1. Orb

Trainer: Shug McGaughey
Jockey: Joel Rosario
When McGaughey trained Easy Goer in 1989, colt improved sharply from Derby to Preakness, then improved even more to win Belmont Stakes by eight lengths. Orb, good but not great in winning Derby, could be on a similar trajectory.


BSF: 104

2. Goldencents

Trainer: Doug O'Neill
Jockey: Kevin Krigger
Fast California colt crawled to the finish line at Churchill Downs, losing by nearly 50 lengths, but trainer didn't hesitate to announce that he was coming to Baltimore. He blames track condition for Derby debacle.


BSF: 105

3. Titletown Five

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Football Hall-of-Famer Paul Hornung is a part owner, but colt's prospects look anything but golden. He may sprint to the early lead, but he's likely to finish last.


BSF: 84

4. Departing

Trainer: Al Stall Jr.
Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.
Illinois Derby winner has a shot. An interesting subplot: Phipps family has a decades-long relationship with Claiborne Farm, but this Claiborne colt will attempt to stop Triple Crown bid of Phipps-owned Orb.


BSF: 97

5. Mylute

Trainer: Tom Amoss
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Rosie Napravnik, Pimlico's leading jockey early in her career, could become the first woman to win the Preakness. Her mount finished within 3 1/2 lenghs of Orb in Kentucky.


BSF: 99

6. Oxbow

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Gary Stevens
Vied for the early lead in Derby, and held on much better than other speedsters. Has a long-shot chance to give Lukas his sixth Preakness win.


BSF: 95

7. Will Take Charge

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Mike Smith
Ran into traffic in the stretch run of the Derby, but not enough to cost him significantly. He'll get a new jockey for the Preakness, Hall-of-Famer Mike Smith.


BSF: 95

8. Govenor Charlie

Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Martin Garcia
Baffert has won with five of his 13 Preakness starters, but he never did it with a horse coming off a seven-week absence from competition.


BSF: 95

9. Itsmyluckyday

Trainer: Eddie Plesa Jr.
Jockey: John Velazquez
Finished second to Orb in Florida Derby. Was sloppy track to blame for 15th-place finish in Kentucky? "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out," says Eddie Plesa.


BSF: 104

By Andrew Beyer - The Washington Post. Note: BSF represents best Beyer Speed Figure earned at one mile or more.