If you’re a horse racing fan — and we know there are some of you out there — you know The Preakness is this weekend. That’s great in and of itself, but what’s greater is Green Bay Packers legend Paul Hornung has a horse in the race.
Hornung’s horse, which he co-owns with Willie Davis and a few other non-Packers, is called Titletown Five. Five was Paul’s number, so we’re giving Hornung a little more ownership stake than the other guys (it’s reportedly 30 percent).
Anyway, Titletown Five has the longest odds in the field at 30-1. Kentucky Derby winner Orb has the best at 1-1. But we look at this way — throw down a few bucks on the long shot and see what happens. What the hell is betting on Orb going to get you unless you put together some masterful trifecta? Not much.
Titletown Five has raced twice this year, finishing second at Oaklawn and ninth in the Louisiana Derby. The first race was only six furlongs, while the Louisiana Derby is 1 1/8 mile. The Preakness is 1 3/16-mile race, hence the long odds.
Titletown will probably start quickly and then fade down the stretch.
If you’re looking for a positive, it’s that the horse is trained by D. Wayne Lukas and he’s trained five Preakness winners.
The other awesome thing here is the jockey will be wearing this.
Oh, and then there’s the awesomely ironic angle that Hornung was once suspended from the NFL for a year for gambling.