The 2014 Preakness Stakes is already regarded as one of the most important horse races of the year, but the focus for many bettors has shifted to the post draw and where the top horses will start the event.
With a legitimate Triple Crown contender like California Chrome arriving at Pimlico Race Course, the frenzy over the second leg is through the roof. Horse racing fans are legitimately excited about the possibility that history could be made on Saturday.
Here is all the vital information for the Preakness Stakes post draw.
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
When: Wednesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. ET
Watch: Horse Racing TV
Live Stream: HRTV Live (subscription required)
|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|
Horse to Watch on Saturday: Bayern
While all of the talk leading into the Preakness Stakes has surrounded Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome, there is another horse with the speed and endurance to make a run at Pimlico Race Course.
Regardless of which post he draws, horse racing fans must watch for Bayern in Saturday’s big race.
Bayern did not start in the Kentucky Derby, but the horse ran to a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Derby Trial held at Churchill Downs on April 26. With that race running a speedy 1:36.73, many expect Bayern to step up even more at the Preakness.
Marty McGee of Daily Racing Form talked about Bayern’s impressive numbers:
There is no doubting that Bayern is a naturally gifted horse, but he is also trained by one of the best the sport has ever seen in Bob Baffert. As a five-time Preakness Stakes winner, the legendary trainer knows exactly what it takes to win at Pimlico.
Add in Baffert’s three Kentucky Derby victories and a win at the Belmont Stakes, and Bayern has the talent and the support system to steal the victory and stifle California Chrome’s Triple Crown dreams.
Jay Privman of Daily Racing Form spoke with Baffert about his horse and jockey Rosie Napravnik:
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
Napravnik has become one of the biggest stars in horse racing as she continues to show why she deserves to be regarded as one of the best jockeys in the sport. There is a budding relationship between the horse and jockey, and a second-place finish at the Derby Trial was a great start.
With plenty of natural speed and strength, one of the greatest trainers of all time and a star jockey, Bayern will be the horse to watch on Saturday.
Predicted Finish: Second
*Stats via HorseRacingNation.com.