Friday, May 17, 2013

"Titletown Five" and the Preakness

Tomorrow will see the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. All eyes will be on Orb as he tries to take his second race en route to the Triple Crown, but there's another horse in the field that every Packer fan should be watching.

"Titletown Five" is a 3-year-old dark bay colt co-owned by Packers Hall of Famers Paul Hornung and Willie Davis.

The colt's name is derived from a combination of the City of Green Bay's nickname and Hornung's jersey number. Hornung owns 30% of the horse, Davis reportedly slightly less, which might tell us why Paul gets to put his number on the horse.

His name is not the only connection Titletown Five has to the Packers; check out the green and gold silks worn by jockey Joel Rosario last July (pictured here with trainer D. Wayne Lukas:


That "G" logo looks great by itself on the side of a helmet, but just doesn't work when paired with another letter. They would have been better off using the Packers' interlocking "GB" logo instead.

The Preakness website shows slightly different silks, with a generic "GB". I don't know if that means the silks have been changed or if the graphic isn't 100% accurate. We'll have to see.

I find it ironic that Hornung is now part-owner of a racehorse, given his 1963 suspension for gambling.

Jockey Julien Leparoux will ride Titletown Five in tomorrow's race. He faces odds of 30-1, the longest in the Preakness, but I would never bet against the Golden Boy. He knew a thing or two about running in his day.

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