The second leg of the Triple Crown draws ever so closer, as the 10-horse field is set for the 2014 Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
On Wednesday, post positions were locked in and odds were set for Pimlico's prestigious race.
Now, we wait with bated breath to see if 2014 Kentucky Derby champion California Chrome can move one step closer to becoming the first horse to secure the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.
All eyes have been on the Derby winner heading into the Preakness, and that notion was further confirmed when BWI Marshall Airport tweeted a picture of California Chrome's plane arriving in Baltimore:
It won't be easy for the Derby winner, as the Preakness features a strong field of contenders—most of which did not run in this year's derby.
The stage is set, and all we can do is impatiently wait for Saturday to arrive for another exhilarating round of action.
Let's take a look at the full race schedule and essential viewing information for this year's Preakness Stakes, as well as the results from the post position draw and updated odds.
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
Mobile Stream: iPhone and Android
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|
Preakness odds courtesy of The Baltimore Sun.
It comes as no surprise to see California Chrome as the race's big favorite.
This horse put on a sparkling performance at the Kentucky Derby, winning with authority by 1 3/4 lengths over Commanding Curve.
With veteran jockey Victor Espinoza atop California Chrome once again for the Preakness, chances are the duo will see plenty of time in front of the pack.
Here's a reminder of just how dominant this pair was at Churchill Downs:
California Chrome's 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman spoke of the horse's Preakness odds and looked back at his Derby performance during an interview with Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun:
Oh boy, 3-5, it makes you want to choke. But I wouldn't want to be in anybody else's position. Hey listen, when you can be the 3-5 favorite in the Preakness, you must have deserved to be that.
Oh man, I think about the Triple Crown, but I'm a race-by-race kind of guy. Let's get over with the Preakness.
Sherman hit the nail on the head. California Chrome is a big favorite for a reason. Sure, the Triple Crown will be in the back of his mind right now, but for now, complete focus must be on the Preakness.
After all, Ride On Curlin, another Derby contender, figures to be a factor in this year's Preakness. At 10-1 odds and starting on the outside No. 10 post, this horse could be well in the mix down the final stretch.
Jay Privman of the Daily Racing Form tweeted his impression of a recent Preakness workout from Ride On Curlin:
I thought Ride On Curlin's work today here at Pimlico looked a lot sharper than his final work before the Derby. #Preakness— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) May 14, 2014
Both Social Inclusion and Bayern are two of the quickest horses to take the track at Pimlico, and that shows with their respective odds of 5-1 and 10-1.
Jennie Rees of the Courier-Journal noted Social Inclusion's speed in her tweet while watching the horse train for the Preakness:
We should be in for another dazzling race despite the small 10-horse field.
Does California Chrome have what it takes to inch closer to a coveted Triple Crown?
We'll find out on Saturday.