Preakness Stakes favorite California Chrome's owners, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, will be hoping their horse can keep his Triple Crown bid alive this weekend at Pimlico Race Course, but they'll also have their sights set on an enormous payday if he does.
And Coburn is confident his horse can outlast the rest of the 10-horse field Saturday, per The Baltimore Sun's Childs Walker:
I’m great with No. 3. If he holds his position, I think we got this pretty well sewed up here...It is a dream coming true. I knew this horse would win the Kentucky Derby. And I’ve got a strong feeling he’s going to win the Preakness. I’ve got something within me that I feel, and I can’t explain it.
In December 2013, the Maryland Jockey Club announced that the Preakness purse would increase by 50 percent from $1 million to $1.5 million in 2014. With the increase, the winner can expect to receive a historic amount of prize money Saturday.
Here, we'll project the order of the finish in Saturday's 139th Preakness Stakes and the prize money earnings for each horse.
Date: Saturday, May 17
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore
Post Time: 6:18 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
|1||Dynamic Impact||Miguel Mena||Mark E. Casse||12-1|
|2||General a Rod||Javier Castellano||Mike Maker||15-1|
|3||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||Art Sherman||3-5|
|4||Ring Weekend||Alan Garcia||H. Graham Motion||20-1|
|5||Bayern||Rosie Napravnik||Bob Baffert||10-1|
|6||Ria Antonia||Calvin Borel||Tom Amoss||30-1|
|7||Kid Cruz||Julian Pimentel||Linda Rice||20-1|
|8||Social Inclusion||Luis Contreras||Manny Azpurua||5-1|
|9||Pablo Del Monte||Jeffrey Sanchez||Wesley A. Ward||20-1|
|10||Ride on Curlin||Joel Rosario||William Gowan||10-1|
*Below figures are projections only.
|1 (Win)||California Chrome||$930,000|
|3 (Show)||General a Rod||$150,000|
|4||Ride on Curlin||$75,000|
|8||Pablo Del Monte||N/A|
All eyes will be on Kentucky Derby winner and Triple Crown favorite California Chrome this weekend as the surging colt takes aim at the all-important second leg in Baltimore.
And considering the odds-on favorite has won five consecutive races and will be battling a weak field at Pimlico this weekend, you'd be hard-pressed to bet against him. As Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde explains, California Chrome is a cut above the rest:
California Chrome has won three graded stakes races in a row, by a combined 14¼ lengths. The other nine horses in the field have combined to win two graded stakes races – Dynamic Impact in the Illinois Derby last month and Ring Weekend in the Tampa Bay Derby in early March. Winners of major 3-year-old spring races like the Arkansas Derby, Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Florida Derby are all sitting this one out.
While California Chrome is almost everyone's pick to win, Social Inclusion, Bayern, and Ride on Curlin are favorites to finish in the money.
Social Inclusion is the second-biggest favorite to win this weekend with 5-1 morning-line odds, but he has yet to prove himself on a notable stage, finishing third at the Grade I Wood Memorial Stakes last month. As a result, he remains a bit of a wild card heading into Saturday's Preakness.
Like Social Inclusion, Bayern was absent at the Kentucky Derby and finished third in his toughest test to date at the Grade I Arkansas Derby in April.
Still, look for the Bob Baffert-trained colt to place Saturday. As Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman notes, the dark-horse contender has fared well in training:
Baffert says "Rosie was happy with it" following Bayern's 1:02.60 work this morning at CD. Said track was dull, "All systems go." #preakness— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) May 12, 2014
Meanwhile, Ride on Curlin finished seventh two weeks ago at Churchill Downs and will be ridden by a different jockey, as Joel Rosario will take over for Calvin Borel. Adding to Ride on Curlin's challenge is the fact that he'll run from the 10th post on the far outside.
Therefore, watch for fellow Kentucky Derby horse General a Rod to finish in the money instead. Jockeyed by Javier Castellano, who takes over for Rosario, General a Rod finished 11th at Churchill Downs, but he has looked awfully comfortable in Baltimore this week, as pointed out by The Courier-Journal's Jennie Rees:
Although the oddsmakers like Social Inclusion, Bayern and Ride on Curlin the most after California Chrome, the final nine spots appear to be up for grabs behind California Chrome, who is no doubt the class of this year's field.
As for the prize money earnings, it remains to be seen how the $1.5 million purse will be distributed. But based on last year's earnings, with Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow bringing in 60 percent of the $1 million purse, this year's winner can expect to receive a sum in the ballpark of $1 million.
But for California Chrome and his handlers, the massive payday that would come along with a sixth straight win would be icing on the cake, as the colt would move within one more win of conquering the elusive Triple Crown.
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