The first leg of the Triple Crown Series is in the books as Orb, a 4 to 1 Kentucky Derby favorite, captured first place in the 139th Run for the Roses on May 4th with a time of 2:02.89. Given Orb’s celebrated status prior to the Derby, many are wondering if the colt can do what no horse has done since 1978, which is win the Triple Crown. Orb is a +140 favorite to win the 2013 Preakness Stakes (the second of the Triple Crown races) this weekend; however, the latest Triple Crown Odds 2013 rendering is not favoring the colt to complete the Derby/Preakness/Belmont trifecta. Orb is presently drawing +240 odds to win the Triple Crown and -300 odds to finish short of horse racing’s greatest challenge.
The first Triple Crown winner was Sir Barton, who completed the trifecta in 1919; 11 other horses have since followed in his footsteps, including all-time greats Secretariat and Seattle Slew. The next horse to win the Triple Crown after Sir Barton was Gallant Fox in 1930. His Triple Crown achievement set off a chain reaction of sorts as six more horses (Omaha – 1935, War Admiral – 1937, Whirlaway – 1941, Count Fleet – 1943, Assault – 1946, Citation – 1948) duplicated his effort over the course of the next 18 years.
A Triple Crown drought ensued, though, after Citation completed that run with Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes wins in 1948. It took Secretariat, arguably the greatest horse of all-time, to end the dry spell with a record setting Triple Crown turn in 1973. He was followed by Seattle Slew and Affirmed, which won the Triple Crown in 1977 and 1978, respectively.
With Affirmed being the last horse to complete the grueling challenge, horse racing fans are begging for another Triple Crown winner. Several colts made a run at it over the last 16 years as Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), Charismatic (1999), War Emblem (2002), Funny Cide (2003), Smarty Jones (2004), Big Brown (2008), and I’ll Have Another (2012) all completed Derby/Preakness doubles. Many are hoping Orb joins their company on Saturday, creating an opportunity for another Triple Crown winner to emerge at the Belmont Stakes on June 8th.
Orb Triple Crown Odds 2013: Provided by CarbonSports.ag
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