California Chrome held off a late-charging Ride On Curlin to win the 139th Preakness Stakes and become the 13th horse since Affirmed to keep the Triple Crown dream alive entering the Belmont Stakes. Chrome coasted to win the longer Kentucky Derby, but he had to earn the Preakness.
Chrome had to move earlier than he wanted. Social Inclusion, a bit fractious in the gate and lathered in the walkover, pressed Chrome with a half-mile to run. It forced his hand and Chrome ran away from him. Social Inclusion is a fine horse.
But what are the major takeaways in the immediate aftermath of the Preakness? These are things worth exploring while the blood is still pulsing like it was us running 1 3/16th miles at Pimlico.
Before we turn our attention to the Belmont Stakes in three weeks, let's examine what we learned from Preakness 139 and the perfect trip California Chrome gave us.