Preakness 2014: Projected Prize Money Earnings, Order of Finish and More

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 17, 2014

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18:  Orb #1, ridden by Joel Rosario, leads Glodencents #2, ridden by Kevin Krigger, and Departing #4, ridden by Brain Hernandez Jr., down the frontstretch at the start of the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Patrick Smith/Getty Images

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

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

2014 Preakness Stakes Field, 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 CruzJulian PimentelLinda Rice20-1
8Social InclusionLuis ContrerasManny Azpurua5-1
9Pablo Del MonteJeffrey SanchezWesley A. Ward20-1
10Ride on CurlinJoel RosarioWilliam Gowan10-1

*Below figures are projections only. 

Projected Order of Finish, Prize Money Earnings
1 (Win)California Chrome$930,000
2 (Place)Bayern$300,000
3 (Show)General a Rod$150,000
4Ride on Curlin$75,000
5Social Inclusion$45,000
6Ring WeekendN/A
7Kid CruzN/A
8Pablo Del MonteN/A
9Ria AntoniaN/A
10Dynamic ImpactN/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.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 15: Exercise rider Domingo Navarro takes Social Inclusion 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 Images)
Patrick Smith/Getty Images

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:

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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