The 2014 Preakness Stakes is Saturday, and the second leg of the Triple Crown should be just as exciting as the Kentucky Derby just a couple of weeks ago.
Last year's Preakness featured legendary jockey Gary Stevens, as he rode Oxbow to a dominating win. In fact, Oxbow was the first horse to have a wire-to-wire win at the Preakness since Aloma's Ruler did so back in 1982. While it will be hard for any of the horses to be as dominant this year, there are a couple of horses that are clear favorites to win.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the official post time for this year's Preakness as well as live stream and viewing information for the big race.
139th Preakness Stakes
When: Saturday, May 17
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
Post Time: 6:18 p.m. ET
TV: NBC (coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
The reigning Kentucky Derby winner is an obvious favorite to win the Preakness, but that's not the only reason that California Chrome is the top contender for Saturday's race.
California Chrome has been dominant since December, winning five straight races, including a 1 3/4-length victory at Churchill Downs. Overall, the colt has won seven career races, but trainer Art Sherman is hoping that they can make it eight wins after this weekend.
That being said, this could be California Chrome's most difficult race yet. He's never had this little time in between races, as the horse is used to usually having around a month of rest. Instead, California Chrome will have just two weeks in between races.
While the win at Churchill Downs was a big one, some critics are skeptical of California Chrome's chances of winning the first Triple Crown title since Affirmed did so in 1978. According to Eric Crawford from WDRB in Louisville, California Chrome's post time at the Kentucky Derby wasn't exactly fast.
California Chrome’s winning time of 2:03.66 was the slowest on a fast track in the Derby since Cannonade in 1974.— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) May 3, 2014
Still, given California Chrome's dominance over the past few months, all eyes will be on him as he tries to make history.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was hoping that he'd grab another Kentucky Derby title a couple of weeks ago, but Hoppertunity was scratched before the race due to health reasons. Now, Baffert is putting Bayern into the Preakness Stakes, hoping he can grab his sixth win at Pimlico Race Course.
While he's only competed in four races to start his career, Bayern has gotten off to a strong start, finishing in the money in every race and winning two of them. Bayern will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik, who finished third in the 2013 Preakness riding Mylute.
This is always a big race for Napravnik, and she's excited to be close to home, according to Jennie Rees of the Courier-Journal, saying:
It's a Triple Crown race. It's my home track with all my friends and family around. We'd have half the grandstand cheering for us — that's what would make it special. I would feel like — if I was able to ride the winner of the Preakness — that I was doing it for everybody who got me started in Maryland.
According to Jay Privman from the Daily Racing Form, Napravnik is feeling good about her chances with Bayern.
Baffert says "Rosie was happy with it" following Bayern's 1:02.60 work this morning at CD. Said track was dull, "All systems go." #preakness— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) May 12, 2014
With a Hall of Fame trainer and hometown jockey, Bayern has a better chance than most to win this year's Preakness.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article mistakenly referenced Orb as winning the Preakness in 2013 rather than Oxbow. Orb won the Kentucky Derby that year. We regret the error.