2013 Preakness post positions draw: Time and TV schedule

Rob Carr

The draw for the 138th annual Preakness Stakes takes place on Wednesday, with the No. 6 spot representing the most coveted starting position.

The 2013 Preakness Stakes takes place on Saturday. Orb will continue his quest for the Triple Crown after a dominating win at the Kentucky Derby. He will have weaker competition this time around with trainer Todd Pletcher not running any of his five Derby horses. He has even odds to win the race so far, according to Oddsshark.

Departing has 5/1 odds and Goldencents, the horse in which Rick Pitino holds a small stake, has 7/1 odds to win after finishing 17th in the Derby.

Expect the odds to change significantly once the post positions are announced on Wednesday.

Starting post positions for the 2013 Preakness Stakes will be drawn on Wednesday in the International Pavilion at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The event will be televised on HRTV and ESPN3 at 6 p.m. ET. Here is the process for the draw, courtesy of the race's official website:

Pimlico racing officials will use a pill pull, which employs a small numbered ball in a blind draw, to decide post positions for the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown.

The No. 6 position has proven to be the best draw over the years. Fifteen horses that started out of that spot went on to win the race. Last year's No. 6 position, Creative Cause, finished third in the race, while winner I'll Have Another started at the No. 9 post.

Coverage of the 138th annual Preakness Stakes begins on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

More Triple Crown coverage:

Complete 2013 Preakness Stakes coverage

Normandy Invasion skipping Preakness

Orb wins the Kentucky Derby | Video: Orb storms down the stretch

No Finish Line: Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens returns

SB Nation's horse racing blog: And Down The Stretch They Come

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