The 2014 Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, will be one of the biggest horse races of the year. With California Chrome going for Triple Crown history, there is even more focus on this event.
The road to a victory in the second leg won’t come easy, though, as the field for the Preakness Stakes is full of fast horses looking to make history of their own.
Here is all the vital viewing information for the 2014 Preakness stakes, the post positions, odds and predictions for the entire field.
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
|2014 Preakness Post Positions, Odds and Betting Payout|
|Post||Horse||Jockey||Odds to Win||Predicted Finish|
|1||Dynamic Impact||Miguel Mena||12-1||Seventh|
|2||General a Rod||Javier Castellano||15-1||Sixth|
|3||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||3-5||First|
|4||Ring Weekend||Alan Garcia||20-1||Ninth|
|6||Ria Antonia||Calvin Borel||30-1||Fifth|
|7||Kid Cruz||Julian Pimentel||20-1||Eighth|
|8||Social Inclusion||Luis Contreras||5-1||Third|
|9||Pablo Del Monte||Jeffrey Sanchez||20-1||Tenth|
|10||Ride On Curlin||Joel Rosario||10-1||Fourth|
Breaking Down California Chrome’s Triple Crown Odds
It is clear that California Chrome should be the favorite coming into the Preakness Stakes, but many bettors are looking ahead to a possible wager on the horse’s chances of actually winning the Triple Crown.
After a strong performance at the Kentucky Derby and no injuries or lingering issues heading into the main event at Pimlico Race Course this weekend, California Chrome has a legitimate chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
It’s interesting to note that this horse is also the distant relative of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. Winning races is in California Chrome’s blood.
According to OddsShark.com, the odds for California Chrome to go on and win both the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes are 2-1. While this wager doesn’t pay huge dividends, this is still a bet worth making.
Chrome is one of the strongest horses in the field and showed his talent at Churchill Downs with a dominant run. As Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated pointed out, the Derby as a whole was a bit slower than many expected:
While that could be a bad sign for California Chrome, the horse likes to run with the pack before making his move to the front late. With jockey Victor Espinoza understanding this concept, he didn’t push the pace of the race until the waning stages.
California Chrome could have run a much better time, but the entire team had a game plan.
Instead of forcing the issue and really testing the horse's stamina, Chrome kept within striking distance before making his move and taking the victory. With the Preakness likely unfolding the same way, fans should expect the horse to win on a late surge to the front.
It doesn’t matter how he wins; it only matters that he is in first place at the end of 1 3/16 miles.
Not only did the horse draw the favorable No. 3 post for an optimum start, but he will also likely avoid all of the mess brought by Mother Nature. According to Weather.com, the rain that soaked Pimlico on Friday won’t be an issue on Saturday.
With everything going right for California Chrome and his team, betting on the horse to win the Triple Crown is a wager that could pay dividends to those lucky enough to make a bet.
After a win at Pimlico, it’s on to the Belmont Stakes.
Predicted Finish: 2014 Preakness Stakes Winner
*Stats via HorseRacingNation.com.