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Fair Grounds Alumni Mylute, Departing, Oxbow, Titletown Five Lining Up to Tackle Orb in Saturday's Preakness
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, May 16, 2013) – If Kentucky Derby winner Orb does not win Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (GI) at Pimlico Race Course and is therefore denied a shot at sweeping the Triple Crown, there is a good chance it will be a horse that raced in New Orleans playing the role of spoiler. Four of the nine horses entered for Saturday’s $1 million middle jewel were prominent in the 3-year-old division at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots this season: $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII) runner-up and Kentucky Derby fifth Mylute, Louisiana Derby third and Illinois Derby (GIII) winner Departing, Lecomte Stakes (GIII) winner and Kentucky Derby sixth Oxbow, and Louisiana Derby also-ran Titletown Five.
Mylute, installed as the 5-1 second choice on the Preakness morning line, will be ridden once again by three-time Fair Grounds riding champion Rosie Napravnik for 10-time Fair Grounds leading trainer Tom Amoss.
Departing, the 6-1 third choice off his convincing Illinois Derby victory, will have Lafayette, La., native and Fair Grounds favorite Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle for two-time Fair Grounds leading trainer Al Stall Jr.
Oxbow, projected at 15-1, gets Gary Stevens in the saddle for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who vanned top 3-year-olds to New Orleans from Hot Springs, Ark., for each of the three graded stakes for 3-year-olds run in New Orleans this season. Lukas also trains Titletown Five, pegged at 30-1 with Julien Leparoux up, who finished ninth in the Louisiana Derby for owner Paul Hornung and enters the Preakness off a disappointing fourth in the Derby Trial (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
Amoss and Stall, native New Orleanians and childhood friends who were roommates at LSU, each have one previous Preakness starter. Amoss finished fourth with Hot Wells in 1998 and Stall was seventh with Terrain in 2007.
Napravnik and Hernandez will be making their Preakness debuts.
The last Louisiana Derby runner to win the Preakness was Funny Cide, who took the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 2003. Three Louisiana Derby starters in all have won the Preakness, also including Risen Star (1988) and Master Derby (1975).
Betting on the Preakness at Fair Grounds and Fair Grounds OTBs
The Fair Grounds OTB on the first two levels of the Grandstand will open early at 9:30 a.m. (all times Central Daylight Time) for Preakness Day on Saturday. First post from Pimlico is 9:45 a.m.
On Thursday there will be Advance Wagering available on Saturday’s entire Preakness Day card. On Friday there will be Advance Wagering available on the Preakness card, as well as the “Pimlico Special-Preakness Double” and "Battle of the Sexes" Jockey Challenge.
The Fair Grounds OTB & Casino network spans 11 locations throughout Southeast Louisiana: Boutte/Luling, Chalmette, Covington, Elmwood, Gretna, Houma, Kenner, LaPlace, Metairie, Thibodaux and Westwego.