Triple Crown Controversy - 40% of the Preakness Stakes Gate is Vacant

ORB-Winner-2013-Kentucky-DerbyIt's just days away from the 138th running of the second jewel of the Triple Crown and the starting gate has yet to be filled. With fourteen gate positions, why are only nine expected to be filled when the gates open on Saturday May 18th? Yesterday, we outlined which trainers have opted out the 2013 Preakness Stakes, today we have checked the live Preakness odds and nothing has changed. Only nine horses are entered to run in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

While we still have four days until post time, the 2013 Preakness Stakes is so light on the gate that if ORB is able to win the Triple Crown, it would not match the achievement of previous winners simply because the the gate is not full.

You have to wonder if trainers today are so afraid of the backlash from activists, that they won't even attempt to run a horse that isn't 100% fit.  Like last year, with great disappointment the Triple Crown hopefull I"LL HAVE ANOTHER was scratched on the eve of the final leg of the Triple Crown at Belmont. According to trainer Doug O'Neil, I'LL HAVE ANOTHER suffered from a tendon injury.

In years past, would a trainer have run a slightly injured horse to achieve the Triple Crown? In today environment it's pretty clear nobody is willing to risk the health of any thoroughbred to achieve a Triple Crown win.

So for now you have nine choices to win the Preakness. Which is it?

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