Preakness 2014 Field: Handicapping the Horses at Pimlico

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Preakness 2014 Field: Handicapping the Horses at Pimlico
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California Chrome gets ready to make history at Pimlico.

The traffic in the Preakness Stakes is cut down by half from the Kentucky Derby. Trips shouldn't be as big of an issue as the horses head into the clubhouse turn. What you'll see is a true sense of how all of these horses run. Perhaps ESPN.com's Gary West says it best about the Preakness:

Circumstances dominate the Kentucky Derby, and stamina usually wins the Belmont. But talent takes the Preakness -- commanding, lordly, assertively eminent talent. The Preakness distills all the variables and all the factors down to the singularly overwhelming question of who's best. The middle jewel isn't the most famous or coveted, and it's certainly not the longest or most demanding, but it is indeed the most telling: The Preakness is the definitive race in the Triple Crown.

And so the eyes turn to the favorite California Chrome, who looks to become the first Santa Anita Derby winner since I'll Have Another in 2012 to pull off the Kentucky Derby-Preakness Stakes double. 

The following slides break down the mounts with no chance, the dark horses, the contenders and the favorites. There are only 10 horses, but there are still enough to fill up the scorecard here.

Let's stop wasting time and get right into it, starting with...

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