2013 Preakness picks and predictions: Experts sticking with Orb

Matthew Stockman

Orb is the heavy favorite to win the Preakness, and most experts are giving him the nod with their pre-race picks.

With the Preakness Stakes just a few hours away, experts from across the horse racing world are beginning to make their picks for the race. Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner, is a strong favorite according to the oddsmakers, and the experts are seeing it the same way.

SB Nation's horse racing blog, And Down The Stretch They Come, posted their staff picks, and four of the five went with Orb. Itsmyluckyday was the only other horse to get a nod. On the New York Times horse racing blog, seven of the eight pickers went with Orb to win, with Goldencents being the only different choice. The media poll at the Baltimore Sun also had Orb winning on some ballots, but Itsmyluckyday, Mylute and Goldencents also received some picks.

Orb is currently at even odds to win the Preakness, which gets underway at 6:20 p.m. ET on NBC. Weather may be an issue, however, as rain is in the forecast.

More Triple Crown coverage:

Preakness preview and picks

Preakness Stakes betting guide | Orb remains favorite

Longform: Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens returns

Complete 2013 Preakness Stakes coverage | How to watch

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

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