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Goldencents seeks a Preakness reversal

Friday - 5/17/2013, 7:48am  ET

Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Goldencents will try for a historic turnaround in the Preakness Stakes after running 17th in the Kentucky Derby.

No horse who finished that far back in the Derby has won the Preakness. The greatest reversal came in 1996 when Louis Quatorze, 16th in the Derby, rebounded two weeks later to capture the Preakness.

Goldencents, the Santa Anita Derby winner, will try to buck the odds -- he's 8-1 on the morning line behind Orb, the Derby-winning favorite at even money -- and history on Saturday.

Doug O'Neill will be looking for his own spot in the Preakness record book as the first trainer to saddle consecutive winners since Bob Baffert with Point Given (2001) and War Emblem (2002). O'Neill won last year with I'll Have Another.

O'Neill remains upbeat about his chances for a Preakness repeat.

"Orb obviously looks like the horse to beat," O'Neill said. "He's looked great here at Pimlico, but we've seen Goldencents do some brilliant things in the afternoon. If he does, I think we can beat him."


UNFLAPPABLE: Derby winner Orb remains on track for the Preakness when a win would set the stage for a Triple Crown try three weeks later in the Belmont Stakes.

While a media frenzy is building around the Pimlico stakes barn where Orb is housed, both the colt and Shug McGaughey, his trainer, remain unflappable.

Orb went out Thursday morning for a routine gallop with regular exercise rider Jenn Patterson aboard.

"Today was good, as it has been all week," McGaughey said. "He jogged a good ways and then he galloped a mile. He seemed to be very settled and he got over the racetrack as well as I could have hoped for. As far as I'm concerned, all systems are go."

The only glitch this week came at Wednesday's post-position draw, where Orb drew the rail. Only two horses, Bally Ache in 1960 and Tabasco Cat in 1994, have won the Preakness from the No. 1 post since 1950.

Landing the inside slot did not cause McGaughey a sleepless night.

"It didn't bother me," he said. "I wouldn't have slept good if I got it at Churchill Downs. It's a straight shot here. We'll be fine."

Orb had post No. 15 in the Derby, where he rallied in the slop for a 2
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