The 2014 Preakness Stakes field is almost complete. There are just four spots remaining to be filled for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
As most would expect, all eyes are on the Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome.
If the horse can capture the win at Pimlico in Baltimore, the hype for the next Triple Crown winner will hit a fever pitch.
As the favorites and odds begin to come into focus, one of the major factors for oddsmakers will be the pedigrees for each horse.
Here's a chart that shows the lineage, sire and dame for the confirmed and pending horses in the field, per Preakness.com.
|California Chrome||Colt||Lucky Pulpit||Love the Chase|
|Pablo Del Monte||Colt||Giant's Causeway||One Hot Wish|
|Kid Cruz||Colt||Lemon Drop Kid||Layreebelle|
|Social Inclusion||Colt||Pioneerof The Nile||Saint Bernadette|
|Ride on Curlin||Colt||Curlin||Magical Ride|
|Ring Weekend||Colt||Tapit||Free the Magic|
|Ria Antonia||Filly||Rockport Harbor||Beer Barones|
|General A Rod||Colt||Roman Ruler||Dynamite Eyes|
The Lone Fily Not a Lock to Run at Pimlico
The only female horse in the field is Ria Antonia. But that could change as Preakness.com has the horse's status listed as pending.
Per Jennie Rees of USA Today, trainer Tom Amoss is undecided if he will allow Ria Antonia to run.
If the decision is made to go on to the Preakness, it will be a decision that I also stand behind. I'm willing to take that responsibility, because I would not run a horse unless I thought we had a shot to win. People who know me and know my reputation, know that's the way I operate. I can assure you either I'm going to be for it and we'll do it, or we're not going to do it.
Despite success in 2013, once the calendar flipped to 2014, Ria Antonia hasn't looked like a Triple Crown threat.
In three starts this year, the horse hasn't finished first. The high-water mark for the year was a second-place finish at the Santa Anita Derby.
We'll see if Amoss and Co. believe the horse can find itself for a magical run at the Preakness.
Modest Pedigree, Big Performer
Despite the fact that neither California Chrome's sire nor dam was an accomplished horse, the Kentucky Derby winner is likely going to be the favorite to win the Preakness Stakes.
"Based on pedigree, California Chrome was more likely to wind up at a track like Charles Town than on the biggest stage in American racing."
Per Beyer, Lucky Pulpit stood at stud for $2,500, and the only victory Love the Chase had was in an $8,000 maiden claiming run.
That's part of the reason the horse's story has become such a magnetic one.
If it wins again at Pimlico, even more fans will be drawn in to California Chrome's Triple Crown chances.