It's time to gear up for the 2014 Preakness Stakes.
Now that Wednesday's post-position draw has concluded, the field is set, starting positions are locked in and the odds are out.
All that's left for us to do is sit back and take in the spectacle—and possibly place a wager or two.
To ensure every moment of this captivating race is captured, let's take a look at the complete viewing information for the Preakness Stakes, and break down the post positions and updated odds for good measure.
139th Preakness Stakes
When: Saturday, May 17 (Post time is 6:18 p.m. ET)
Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland
TV: NBC (Broadcast begins at 4:30 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: NBC Sports
Post Positions and Odds
|2014 Preakness Post Positions and Odds|
|Post||Horse||Jockey||Odds to Win|
|1||Dynamic Impact||Miguel Mena||12-1|
|2||General a Rod||Javier Castellano||15-1|
|3||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||3-5|
|4||Ring Weekend||Alan Garcia||20-1|
|6||Ria Antonia||Calvin Borel||30-1|
|7||Kid Cruz||Julian Pimentel||20-1|
|8||Social Inclusion||Luis Contreras||5-1|
|9||Pablo Del Monte||Jeffrey Sanchez||20-1|
|10||Ride on Curlin||Joel Rosario||10-1|
Odds courtesy of The Baltimore Sun.
The odds come as no surprise.
After California Chrome's dominant performance in the Kentucky Derby, we all knew he would be a heavy favorite coming into the Preakness.
This horse can absolutely run, and with veteran jockey Victor Espinoza at the reins, this duo forms a cohesion of strength, speed, endurance and experience.
California Chrome's cowboy hat-wearing owner Steve Coburn is certainly confidence in the pair after drawing the No. 3 post position on Wednesday, according to an interview with Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun:
I'm great with No. 3. If he holds his position, I think we got this pretty well sewed up here. ... It is a dream coming true. I knew this horse would win the Kentucky Derby. And I've got a strong feeling he's going to win the Preakness. I've got something within me that I feel, and I can't explain it.
Coburn has every reason to exude a great deal of confidence after what California Chrome did at Churchill Downs.
Full of confidence after the Derby, Coburn indicated his horse could win the Triple Crown, according to a tweet from Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal:
Drawing the No. 3 position is a great starting location for California Chrome. He's not packed too tightly against the rail, and there's no real fear of getting pinned inside.
The small 10-horse field favors California Chrome, as only two other Derby contenders—Ride On Curlin and General a Rod—are in the mix. Ride On Curlin could be a factor, but he will have plenty of ground to make up after drawing the far outside No. 10 post.
Although, according to a tweet from Marcus Hersh of the Daily Racing Form, the outside post is not necessarily a bad thing for Ride On Curlin:
California Chrome is already set to go at Pimlico, as Jay Privman of the Daily Racing Form was on hand Thursday morning for the horse's workout:
Barring any setbacks, it appears as though we have a horse capable of winning the first two legs of the coveted Triple Crown. Plenty of others have accomplished this feat; however, none have been able to go the distance with a win at the Belmont Stakes since Affirmed in 1978.
But, let's not get ahead of ourselves here.
The Preakness Stakes still holds a strong field of competitors, and California Chrome will have to be at his best to come away with another victory.
Be sure to tune in.
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