After one of the most exciting editions of the Kentucky Derby in recent memory, winner California Chrome will try to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive at the 2014 Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course.
With a strong field of challengers looking to quiet California Chrome’s dreams of making history and a journey to the top straight out of the movies, this horse’s legitimate shot of winning Saturday has the sport buzzing.
Here is all the vital viewing information, start time, post positions and odds for Saturday’s 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
|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|
Dark Horse to Watch: Social Inclusion
While all of the headlines are being stolen by California Chrome and his attempt to win the Triple Crown, a horse named Social Inclusion has made a case to be one of the top favorites in the 2014 Preakness Stakes. He has the speed and strength to win at Pimlico.
After a great run that culminated in a third-place finish at the Wood Memorial, Social Inclusion and his team took the time to get ready for the Preakness and are now as close to 100 percent as a horse can be.
Jockey Luis Contreras told Marcus Hersh of Daily Racing Form about how Social Inclusion is running heading into the Preakness Stakes:
Social Inclusion jock Contreras said mount felt 'very light' working over PIM surface. 'He felt like he was flying.' #preakness— Marcus Hersh (@DRFHersh) May 12, 2014
Hersh also reported the horse's track numbers from Monday:
Per PIM clockers: Social Inclusion out 59.3 5fs & 1:13.3 6fs after 47 half. Didn't pull all the way up til 1/8th pole. #preakness— Marcus Hersh (@DRFHersh) May 12, 2014
With veteran trainer Manuel Azpurua keeping the horse and the entire team focused on the task at hand, there is no doubt that California Chrome and the rest of the field will get the best Social Inclusion has to offer Saturday.
According to Adam Spradling of BloodHorse.com, there will be some intense competition on the Pimlico Race Course:
The footage and images I am seeing of Social Inclusion and Ria Antonia lets me know Cali Chrome has some competition, they are looking good.— Adam's Turf (@BH_AdamsTurf) May 15, 2014
Despite drawing the No. 8 post position, Social Inclusion has the power to break out of the gates fast and gain optimum position on the outside. There are some concerns about his ability to maintain his elite speed over the course of 1 3/16 miles, but stamina wasn’t an issue in the Wood Memorial.
If Contreras can avoid the early traffic and keep pace with the leaders, this horse has the strength and endurance to shift into high gear late in the race and contend for the victory.
California Chrome will be tough to beat, but Social Inclusion will be right there.
Predicted Finish: Second
*Stats via HorseRacingNation.com.