Preakness 2013: Long Shots Worth a Bet Saturday at the Stakes

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19:  The field heads into the first turn during the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Preakness Stakes is less than a week away (Saturday, May 18), and the talk about which horses are worth a wager has led to debate about the long shots that are worth an investment on race day.

While Orb is drawing all the attention of the horse racing community, the smaller field is full of talented horses that can find the right line at Pimlico Race Course and steal a monumental win at the Preakness.

All of the following long shots are worth a bet Saturday.


Updated Odds and Entrants

Departing 7-2
Goldencents 7-1
Govenor Charlie 20-1
Itsmyluckyday 9-1
Mylute 12-1
Orb 7-5
Oxbow 20-1
Titletown Five 30-1
Vyjack 15-1
Will Take Charge 12-1

As of May 13. All horses probable or possible via Horse Racing Nation. All betting information via BoDog.


Oxbow (20-1 Odds)

Pimlico Race Course is one of the most beautiful tracks in the United States, but with possible rain on the horizon for the event (h/t, the horses that have ran well in the Kentucky Derby’s sloppy conditions will have the distinct advantage.

That’s why Oxbow will thrive after finishing sixth in at Churchill Downs despite a bad start.

Not only does Oxbox have the experience on a less-than-ideal course, the fact that he is trained by a legend like D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by a Hall of Fame jockey like Gary Stevens makes this a 20-1 risk well worth taking.


Titletown Five (30-1 Odds)

The longest shot of the entire race is another D. Wayne Lukas horse named Titletown Five currently at 30-1 odds. While this stallion isn’t worth the risk normally, the small field of just 10 horses makes this a wide-open race.

If there was ever a time for a 30-1 horse to steal the show at Pimlico by winning the Preakness, it would be in a small field with the possible bad conditions associated with thunderstorms in Baltimore.

If it rains on race day, putting a wager on the longest shot to show is an investment worth making; Titletown Five may just shock the world.


Vyjack (15-1 Odds)

One horse not getting as much love as she should is the three-year-old gelding Vyjack. After finishing an abysmal 18th in the Kentucky Derby, most horse racing fans are writing the horse off as a legitimate contender in at the Preakness Stakes.

If the conditions stay ideal and the track isn’t too wet, Vyjack will find her way to the front of the pack and be a contender for a top-three finish. At 15-1 odds, this horse is worth a bet on race day for sure.

Vyjack won four of her six career races and finished third in the Wood Memorial and besides the Derby travesty—cause by a mix of bad post position, traffic and horrible track conditions—has finished strong in every race.

At 15-1 odds and a great track record, take the risk with Vyjack.