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BOZICH: Preakness Odds Reflect Confusion After Orb

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There is confusion for the second pick in the Preakness, but Orb is a solid favorite at 4-to-5 in early wagering. There is confusion for the second pick in the Preakness, but Orb is a solid favorite at 4-to-5 in early wagering.

BALTIMORE, Md. (WDRB) – More than five hours from post time and early wagering for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico reflects considerable confusion.

Not about the favorite. It's Orb, Orb, Orb as I like to say. At 1 p.m., the Kentucky Derby winner was the overwhelming pick at 4-to-5. Skies are overcast in Baltimore, but even if rain arrives, Orb proved he can handle an off-track in the Derby.

But you can get at least 8-to-1 on the other eight horses in the field.

The biggest surprise? I have two nominations:

1. Many predicted that Illinois Derby winner Departing would be the second choice. He isn't. At 10-to-1, he is no better than the sixth pick.  If you like Departing, make your move.

2. At 18-to-1, Titletown Five is the longest shot on the board. But Paul Hornung's colt was listed at 30-to-1 in the morning line. Hornung is convinced the colt will run in the top three, but his past performance line suggests that's optimistic. 

Here is the complete rundown:

 

  1. Orb 4-5
  2. Goldencents  8-1.
  3. Titletown Five 18-1.
  4. Departing 10-1.
  5. Mylute 8-1.
  6. Oxbow 14-1.
  7. Will Take Charge 9-1.
  8. Govenor Charlie 11-1.
  9. Itsmyluckyday 8-1.

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