VIDEO: WDEL's Preview of Preakness 138
Al Mascitti and Gary Mullinax both predict Orb will take another stop towards racing immortality by winning the 138th running of the Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore Saturday afternoon.
Orb (1-1) won the first jewel of racing's triple crown by winning the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago at Churchill Downs with a beautiful 6-wide move around the final turn of the mile-and-a-quarter race.
The Derby victory was the first of Hall-of-Fame trainer Shug McCaughey's illustrious career.
Looking to stop Orb's march to history are eight 3-year-olds, 5 of whom also ran on the First Saturday in May.
5-1 morning line 2nd choice Mylute was the top finisher of that group, finishing 5th while rallying under former-Delaware Park regular Rosie Napravnik. Oxbow is predicted to go off at 15-1 after a 6th place finish.
The top newcomer to the Triple Crown is Departing (6-1), the winner of the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne 4 weeks ago. Departing is 4-for-5 in his career, with his only setback coming behing Revolutionary and Mylute in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby.
Other new competition for Orb include Sunland Derby (N.M.) winner Governor Charlie, who has only raced three times, and Titletown Five, a speed favoring long-shot who finished 4th in the Derby Trial the week before the Kentucky Derby.
The rest of the returning Kentucky Derby runners are Goldencents (8-1, 17th), Will Take Charge (12-1, 8th), and Itsmyluckyday (10-1, 15th).
Both Al and Gary feel that while betting an even-money horse like Orb can be tough, he stands the best chance of winning the 1 and 3/16th mile challenge.
Al, host of the "Al Mascitti Show" from 9a-Noon on WDEL, feels that Governor Charlie and Goldencents will finish behind Orb. Gary Mullinax, Al's "Minister of Culture" on the Friday edition of the show, predicts that Itsmyluckyday and Departing will round out the trifecta.
WDEL Sports Director Sean Greene chose to knock Orb out of the top spot, sticking with his Derby prediction of Goldencents, thinking that the pace of the Preakness won't be as fast as the 1:09 4/5 six furlong sprint the front-running Doug O'Neill trainee contended with two weeks ago. Greene puts Orb second, and Mylute third.
The Preakness is the 12th of a 13 race card at Pimlico, with an estimated post-time of 6:20pm Saturday.
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