Preakness 2014 Post Time: Race Schedule, Live Stream and NBC TV Info

Josh Cohen@@arealjoshcohenCorrespondent IIMay 16, 2014

California Chrome is prepped to take another Triple Crown race.
California Chrome is prepped to take another Triple Crown race.Garry Jones/Associated Press

The 2014 Preakness Stakes will give viewers the best chance in years to see a horse with a legitimate shot to go on to complete the Triple Crown.

California Chrome enters the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans off a commanding victory at the Kentucky Derby and with a clear edge over the rest of the field. When he broke away at the top of the stretch and built a comfortable cushion at Churchill Downs, that much was already clear.

Since then, the 10-horse Preakness field has been set, along with post positions and morning-line odds, which point to Chrome being one of the heaviest favorites in race history.

2014 Preakness Stakes Post Positions and Odds
PostHorseJockeyTrainerMorning-Line Odds
1Dynamic ImpactMiguel MenaMark E. Casse12-1
2General A RodJavier CastellanoMike Maker15-1
3California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman3-5
4Ring WeekendAlan GarciaH. Graham Motion20-1
5BayernRosie NapravnikBob Baffert10-1
6Ria AntoniaCalvin BorelTom Amoss30-1
7Kid Cruz Julian PimentelLinda Rice20-1
8Social InclusionLuis Contreras Manny Azpurua5-1
9Pablo Del MonteJeffrey SanchezWesley A. Ward20-1
10Ride On CurlinJoel RosarioWilliam Gowan10-1

Just how imposing are those 3-5 odds? Well, check out this stat, courtesy of L.A. Newspaper Group horse racing writer Art Wilson:

There's no saying now whether Chrome belongs in the same hallowed category as horses like Affirmed and Seattle Slew, but when the gun sounds at Pimlico, everyone will be watching his pursuit of greatness.

Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore

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

The Potential Spoilers

Two horses of the nine that are running against Chrome have the athletic ability to keep pace with the favorite: one returning challenger coming off an unsatisfactory Derby and one new shooter looking to capitalize on rest.

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 30:  Ride On Curlin runs on the track during the morning training for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Trainer Billy Gowan had high hopes for Ride On Curlin at Churchill Downs, but they were dashed when the horse was blocked after an immediate move from the 19th post all the way down to the rail; Gowan had wanted the horse to gradually make his way to inside position. Ride On Curlin went on to finish sixth, and Gowan looked to make a change.

Per The Blood-Horse, that meant a jockey swap.

Hall of Famer Calvin Borel won't have the mount for the Preakness; he has been replaced with Joel Rosario. Despite Borel's Preakness experience—he won the Stakes aboard Rachel Alexandra in 2009Gowan is instead opting for a jockey with whom he sees eye to eye on strategy, allowing Ride On Curlin to capitalize on the open space in front of him before working inside.

Racing from the far outside spot yet again at Pimlico, that tactic will come in handy for Ride On Curlin, but if Chrome finds an open track from the third post, it won't matter; once Chrome has front position, even a runner as strong as Ride On Curlin won't catch him.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 14:  Exercise rider Domingo Navarro takes Social Inclusion over the track in preparation for the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 14, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

But Social Inclusion might.

It did not take this horse long to establish itself as one of the most talented three-year-olds out there. In three career races, all this year, Inclusion has two wins, setting the track record at Gulfstream Park in the process. Trainer Manny Azpurua told Brisnet: "I really like this horse and I like everything he's done since I've got him. I'm so pleased with him and I believe he's going to keep improving."

The physical gifts are obviously there, but the one concern with Inclusion is that his most dispiriting result was his latest.

There's no shame in a third-place finish at the Wood Memorial, but Social Inclusion entered the race as an 8-5 favorite in his first-ever stakes. He was unable to make a strong enough move to the front from the far outside position, losing to Wicked Strong and Samraat. Those horses both went to the Derby, where they finished fourth and fifth, respectively, as neither was able to push Chrome.

Starting from eighth rather than further out works in Inclusion's favor, but there is evidence that speed alone won't be enough.

Chrome is every bit as fast and has a proven record of success, with seven wins in 11 races. In all likelihood, the Preakness will be his eighth, and he'll look ahead to complete horse racing's greatest feat with a ninth at Belmont.


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