Following a somewhat predictable Kentucky Derby with California Chrome dominating, the Golden State gelding is looking to make it two straight at the 2014 Preakness Stakes.
In a smaller field, the colt looks like the favorite yet again.
Several horses look primed to step up in the Preakness to take down Cali Chrome. And with hardly any familiar opponents outside of Ride On Curlin confirmed for the race, this could be a difficult race for the colt.
But with a great pedigree and an astounding overall record heading into the Preakness, Ride On Curlin might be more at home in Baltimore.
As the Triple Crown now heads to Maryland, here's a look at the full race information and current field for the Preakness Stakes.
2014 Preakness Stakes Information
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md.
When: Saturday, May 17,
Post Time: 6:18 p.m. ET
TV: NBC (coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. ET)
|Pablo Del Monte||Colt||6-2-0-2||Confirmed|
|Ride On Curlin||Colt||10-2-2-4||Confirmed|
|General A Rod||Colt||6-2-2-1||Confirmed|
Early Breakdown of 139th Preakness Stakes
Any conversation about horse racing these days has to start with California Chrome.
After crushing the competition at Churchill Downs, the colt is now already being penned as the Triple Crown winner. Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated shares his thoughts on the gelding taking the final two events:
California Chrome's slow Derby may be indicator of weak class of 3yos or small chance at Triple Crown. But he still won the Derby.— Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) May 7, 2014
While Cali Chrome closed out strong in Louisville, Ride On Curlin has a special place at the Preakness Stakes. A son of 2007 Preakness winner and two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, the colt might just have what it takes to continue the strong lineage.
Though he has yet to win a stakes race, Ride On Curlin has a 10-2-2-4 record during his career. He also has familiarity racing against California Chrome and could be the only horse in Baltimore with experience on the big stage, as Jay Privman of Daily Racing Form notes:
If California Chrome and Ride On Curlin are only 2 Derby runners in Preakness, would be first time so few since 2008 -- Big Brown, Gayego.— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) May 8, 2014
Along with the son of a former Preakness winner, the field also features a Filly looking to make history.
Ria Antonia comes in as only the 54th Filly to start at Preakness. While she isn't confirmed to run at the Preakness yet, trainer Tom Amoss spoke about his horse potentially running in Baltimore, per Jerry Bossert of the New York Daily News:
She had blinkers on in the Oaks and we are going to change equipment for her next race; whatever that will be. She stood in the gate with blinkers off, which is required for an equipment change. We are still up in the air about the Preakness. She will work Sunday or Monday, depending on the weather.
The horse was somewhat disappointing in the Kentucky Oaks after a strong run at the Santa Anita Oaks. But if she does make the start at Preakness, Ria Antonia could contend at the top of the pack.
As the race nears, other contenders will emerge in the field who could give California Chrome a tough battle. After dominating in the Derby, the golden gelding is just two wins away from making history.
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