By Mike Farrell
The Associated Press
BALTIMORE — Former Green Bay Packers great Paul Hornung is looking to pull an upset in the Preakness with his 3-year-old colt Titletown Five — named for the number of NFL titles won by the Packers when Hornung played for them.
“We’re ready to go,” a smiling Hornung said Friday morning sitting on a bench at the stakes barn housing most of the horses running in Saturday’s second leg of the Triple Crown. “He’s been on his toes, and I’m just hoping he runs good, stays sound and we can run him at Saratoga this summer.”
Hornung and former Packers teammate Willie Davis are co-owners of Titletown Five, who was named by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The colt is one of three from Lukas’ stable taking on even-money favorite Orb.
Hornung grew up and still lives in Louisville, Ky., and has been a racing fan for most of his life.
“Orb is great horse, and I couldn’t be happier for Shug,” he said of Orb’s trainer Shug McGaughey. “It couldn’t have happened to a better person. And Orb may be the type of horse that can be a Triple Crown winner. He will be tough to beat on Saturday.”
Chasing history: Robert Wyndham Walden holds the Preakness training record with seven wins, including five in a row starting in 1878.
Walden, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970, was one of the most successful trainers in last quarter of the 19th century.
Lukas, Bob Baffert and Thomas J. Healey, all fellow Hall of Famers, are tied for second with five.
Both Lukas and Baffert have a chance on Saturday to move within one of Walden.
Lukas sends out a trio of long shots: Will Take Charge (12-1), Oxbow (15-1) and Titletown Five (30-1). Baffert saddles Govenor Charlie (12-1).
Orb tweets: The merchandising and marketing efforts to promote Orb have hit high gear following his Derby win.
Fans can follow his Twitter account @Orb—Colt while All Pro has launched a line of officially licensed Orb products at allpro2.stores.-yahoo.net/orbstore.html. The royalties generated from sales of the shirts and hats benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. The organizations support research into horse health and provide financial assistance to needy members of the thoroughbred industry and their families.