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Derby winner Orb at Preakness: 3 things to know

  • Kentucky Derby winner Orb goes for second leg of 'Triple Crown'
  • Did you know he's on Twitter?
Derby winner Orb at Preakness: 3 things to know

Orb showed the world he can rally with his come-from-behind victory at a muddy 2013 Kentucky Derby. Now, the 3-year-old colt has his eyes set on the second leg of horse racing's "Triple Crown" -- the Preakness.

The oddsmakers say Orb is the favorite going into Saturday's race at Pimlico Race Course. If he wins the Preakness and then wins the Belmont Stakes in June, he'll be the first "Triple Crown" winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Here are three things you need to know about Orb going into Saturday's race.

1. Is No. 1 really a good place to be?

Trainer Shug McGaughey said he hoped Orb would be in Post 8 for the Preakness, but he ended up drawing Post 1, meaning he'll be next to the rail when the race starts. History shows that's not a good thing. The last horse to win the Preakness from Post 1 was Tabasco Cat in 1994.

2. Orb's jockey is a baseball fan 

While jockey Joel Rosario is doing quite well in his current profession (He's won almost $14 million in prize money this year), he had aspirations for a different sport when he was younger.

"Growing up I played a lot of baseball. But I was small and didn't weigh much. My family thought maybe I could be a jockey," he said.

3. He's on Twitter.

Because what horse wouldn't have a Twitter account? Though we wonder how he's able to type with horseshoes on.


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