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Preakness 2014 Post Positions: Odds, Field Outlook for Undercard and Stakes Race

Exercise rider Willie Delgado, center, leads Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome to his stable as trainer Art Sherman, right, watches after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Thursday, May 15, 2014. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2014

If the Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports, then the Preakness Stakes is the most exciting one minute and 50 seconds.

That is especially the case this year, as California Chrome continues his pursuit of the first Triple Crown since 1978. If he is going to do so, he will have to emerge from the No. 3 post position and outpace the rest of the 10-horse field.

Here is a look at the post positions for every one of the competitors:

Preakness Post Positions
Post PositionHorse
1Dynamic Impact
2General a Rod
3California Chrome
4Ring Weekend
5Bayern
6Ria Antonia
7Kid Cruz
8Social Inclusion
9Pablo Del Monte
10Ride On Curlin
CBS Sports

Of particular interest to many of those who will tune in are the odds. The Preakness Stakes odds come via Odds Shark, as of Friday, May 16:

2014 Preakness Odds
HorseOdds
Dynamic Impact12-1
General a Rod15-1
California Chrome3-5
Ring Weekend20-1
Bayern10-1
Ria Antonia30-1
Kid Cruz20-1
Social Inclusion5-1
Pablo Del Monte20-1
Ride On Curlin10-1
Odds Shark

There is also a full undercard of races as well, and the complete field outlook for those events can be found at the Preakness’ official website.

The 113th running of the Dixie Stakes is the highlight of that undercard, and Hey LeRoy is the 5-2 favorite, per Preakness.com.

Hey LeRoy’s owner Ron Sanchez discussed the race and his expectations, via Preakness.com:

We’re expecting him to win. He’s been training well and we have the best rider in Javier Castellano. He loves the grass and his numbers are pretty good. If everything goes as we plan, we think we have a shot in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Hey LeRoy will have to contend with Up With the Birds (5-1 on Preakness.com) and local favorite Sagamore Farms (12-1 on Preakness.com) if he wants to win the $400,000 Dixie Stakes, which is much easier said than done.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 15: Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is bathed in preparation for the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Of course, the actual Preakness is the headlining event of the day, and the primary storyline to watch is California Chrome against the rest of the field. 

Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated paints a scary picture for the rest of the competitors leading up to the race:

California Chrome comes into the Preakness with five straight wins and only has to beat out nine other horses to stretch that streak to six.

Among the most dangerous challengers are the speedy Social Inclusion, Ride On Curlin and Bayern. Bayern will be jockeyed by Rosie Napravnik, who is trying to become the first female jockey to win the Preakness title.

While these competitors will certainly test California Chrome, he is becoming a rock star in the sport for a reason. He could be on the way to the first Triple Crown since 1978, but he has to get out of the gate quickly if he hopes to do so.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 15:  Exercise rider Willie Delgado takes Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome over the track in preparation for the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty
Patrick Smith/Getty Images

California Chrome hung with the pack for most of the Kentucky Derby and flashed his closing speed at the end, but he may not have that luxury at the Preakness from the No. 3 post. He will have to avoid getting caught on the rail as one of the inside horses in order to give himself a chance to blow away the rest of the field in the stretch run.

Look for Victor Espinoza, who certainly understands the dimensions of the short track in Baltimore since he already has a Preakness title on his resume, to ride California Chrome hard out of the gate. 

It will lead to a victory and more attention than the sport has seen in quite some time.

 

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