The 2014 Preakness Stakes is one of the most exciting horse races of the entire year. With a stacked field of competitors and a bona fide Triple Crown contender in California Chrome, the anticipation for the event is certainly justified.
The focus coming into the Preakness is always on the Kentucky Derby winner and that horse’s chance of winning the second leg of the Triple Crown. After dominating the field at Churchill Downs, California Chrome has a real chance to win on Saturday, May 17.
If California Chrome is victorious at Pimlico Race Course, the sport will be buzzing.
Here is the pedigree info and predictions for the horses in the 2014 Preakness Stakes.
|Probable Field, Pedigree, Status and Predicted Finish|
|Horse||Pedigree (Sire)||Status||Predicted Finish|
|California Chrome||Lucky Pulpit||Probable||First|
|Ride On Curlin||Curlin||Probable||Third|
|General A Rod||Roman Ruler||Probable||Sixth|
|Social Inclusion||Pioneerof The Nile||Probable||Fourth|
|Ria Antonia||Rockport Harbor||Probable||Tenth|
|Kid Cruz||Lemon Drop Kid||Probable||Eighth|
|Pablo Del Monte||Giant's Causeway||Probable||Ninth|
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will California Chrome Win the Preakness Stakes?
After living up to the lofty expectations coming into the 2014 Kentucky Derby, California Chrome ran a great race and was clearly the most dominant horse in the field in the first leg of the Triple Crown.
Now it’s time to win the second leg.
Including the Derby, California Chrome has won five straight races. While the win at Churchill Downs was incredible, he also stole the show at the Santa Anita Derby, San Felipe Stakes, California Cup Derby and King Glorious Stakes.
Momentum is clearly on his side, but this horse has the speed out of the gates and the strength to close almost any gap, too. California Chrome has the talent to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Now it will all be about execution.
Trainer Art Sherman told Beth Harris of The Sacramento Bee about the short turnaround between races and the criticisms of Chrome’s slow run at the Kentucky Derby:
I know it's tradition, but it's grueling. You got three different tracks and you got to travel. It's pushing the envelope a little bit. It takes a horse 11 days to really recover out of a race.
Do you realize how many good horses come out of the Santa Anita Derby and go on to win the Kentucky Derby? You can't go by tracks, every surface is different. They don't pay any more to break track records.
California Chrome left Churchill Downs on Monday, but not before taking a last run around the track and insinuating a Preakness victory to Katherine Kington of NBC3 WAVE:
Horse racing insider J.J. Hysell shared a photo of California Chrome being loaded as the team heads toward Pimlico:
While many bettors look to the previous results for trends and future betting odds, the pedigree of a horse can be very important. California Chrome was born from an $8,000 mare and studded from Lucky Pulpit for $2,500, but he is a distant relative of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.
With a veteran trainer like Art Sherman keeping the entire team focused on the task at hand and jockey Victor Espinoza continuing to develop a palpable relationship with the horse, racing fans around the world will be rooting for another victory for California Chrome.
Fans want to see another Triple Crown winner.
Predicted Finish: Victory at 2014 Preakness Stakes
*Stats via HorseRacingNation.com.