With the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, just days away, the public seems to have already anointed Kentucky Derby champion California Chrome as the winner. But, as history has proven, there is no such thing as a sure thing in horse racing.
As recently as last year, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Orb would go on to win the Preakness after winning the Run for the Roses. The racing world sat stunned as he finished a non-threatening fourth. In 2000, Fusaichi Pegasus entered the Preakness hailed as the next great superstar. He seemed invincible...right until he wound up second as the heavy favorite.
While California Chrome is the big standout and could have the makings of being something truly special, he is not unbeatable. Here is a look at some horses that are flying under the radar and could have a chance to upset the Preakness Stakes in order of most likely to least likely to win.