Since Orb won the Kentucky Derby fair and square, I’m giving him 4 paws up to win the Preakness on May 18 at Pimlico. Any horse who’s got a decent shot at the Triple Crown deserve the cat vote, and Orb is the strong favorite with humans, too.
This would make his 6th win in a row.
If he pulls it off, I hope they don’t say it was slam-dunk because he’s running against only 8 other horses.
Orb drew post position 1, which puts him against the rail. This could be a problem, since jockeys gravitate to the rail to give their horses the shortest distance to run. If Orb doesn’t have a flying start, he could get crowded out to the back of the pack or worse.
You don’t want to be the horse with all the others kicking dirt in your face.
There hasn’t been a winner from the rail position since 1994, when Tabasco Cat did it.
None of our Kittens are running in this Preakness, which has disappointed Max no end. He’s just getting into the sport, and his Derby pick, Fear the Kitten, isn’t running — again.
If Orb happens not to win, my alternate favorite is Mylute, ridden by the only female jockey, Rosie Napravnik. We girls must stick together. Mylute and Napravnik also ran in the Derby and came in 5th.
The temperature should be in the mid-70°s with possibly scattered storms. I hope it’s not another mudbath like the Derby.
Best of luck, Orb! And may all the horses be safe.
BONUS: Here’s a list of Preakness winners going back to 2000.