Preakness 2014 Post Time: Start Time, Schedule and More for 139th Race

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2014

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates atop of California Chrome #5 after crossing the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The 2014 Preakness Stakes is already one of the biggest horse races of the year, but the 140th installment of the event has fans on the edge of their seats as California Chrome goes for the vaunted Triple Crown.

While the Kentucky Derby winner always travels to Pimlico Race Course with Triple Crown aspirations, few of the horses over the last several years were true contenders for the three-win streak.

Unlike the other years, though, California Chrome has a legitimate chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Here is all the vital information every horse racing fan needs to witness the Preakness Stakes.


Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland

When: Saturday, May 17

Post Time: 6:18 p.m. ET

TV: NBC (coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. ET)

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

Probable Field, Pedigree, Status and Predicted Finish
HorsePedigree (Sire) Status Predicted Finish
California Chrome Lucky Pulpit Probable First
Bayern Offlee Wild Probable Second
Ring Weekend Tapit Probable Seventh
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
Dynamic Impact Tiznow Probable Fifth
Pablo Del Monte Giant's Causeway Probable Ninth


Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will California Chrome Win the Preakness?

The focus for almost every horse racing fan is on California Chrome and whether the horse will be able to run to the front of the field at the Preakness Stakes and win the second leg of the Triple Crown.

While a huge victory at the Kentucky Derby has put momentum squarely on this horse’s side, the slow time of the race (2:03.66) has many fans concerned about his ability to win the Preakness Stakes, as well as the Belmont Stakes.

Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated talked about the slow pace of the Kentucky Derby and what effect that would have on the Triple Crown chase:

The slow pace of the Derby wouldn’t usually be a major concern for California Chrome and his team, but with an almost entirely different group of horses he will be running against at Pimlico, there is legitimate uncertainty surrounding his Triple Crown chances:

Jay Privman of Daily Racing Form talked about the unique field for this year’s Preakness:

There are fans and experts who still doubt California Chrome’s ability to travel to Pimlico Race Course and steal the victory at the Preakness Stakes, but this horse showed his critics just how good he can be at the Derby.

While Chrome’s trainer Art Sherman told everyone he had a horse that could win, rival trainer Dale Romans told Tim Sullivan of USA Today about his initial thoughts on the horse and how they changed following the Kentucky Derby:

I didn't think that California Chrome had any chance going into this race. And I was very, very wrong. Whether the crop's a good crop or not, that's a special horse. I was a very big skeptic. I threw him out of all my tickets in every spot. I didn't think he fit the profile to win the Derby. I'm very impressed (by) the way he came into it, the way he looked, the way he was prepared and the way he ran.

The doubters had ammunition to not like California Chrome, too. As the offspring of an $8,000 mare that was studded for $2,500, few ever expected anything great from this horse.

As a distant relative of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, this horse has the genes to win all three legs.

Not only did this horse steal the show at the Kentucky Derby, but he also won the Santa Anita Derby, San Felipe Stakes, California Cup Derby and King Glorious Stakes leading into the Triple Crown races.

With speed out of the gates, the ability to work through traffic and the strength to make a late surge toward the front, California Chrome is the favorite to win the Preakness Stakes and the most likely Triple Crown winner since Affirmed last achieved the feat in 1978.

Predicted Finish: First


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