Preakness 2014 Contenders: Updated Race-Day Outlook for Top Favorites

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Preakness 2014 Contenders: Updated Race-Day Outlook for Top Favorites
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The 2014 Preakness Stakes is one of the most talked-about horse races in the world, and the frenzy surrounding the 1 3/16-mile battle is amped up as California Chrome contends for the first Triple Crown since 1978.

While California Chrome has the chance to make history, there are nine other horses in the field with the strength and speed to contend for the victory. The horse that wins the Preakness will have earned it.

Here is the full lineup for Saturday’s race, post positions, odds and a focus on a horse off the radar that could make noise in the 2014 Preakness Stakes.

 

Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland

When: Saturday, May 17

Post Time: 6:19 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 $2 Payout
1 Dynamic Impact Miguel Mena 12-1 $26.00
2 General a Rod Javier Castellano 15-1 $32.00
3 California Chrome Victor Espinoza 3-5 $3.20
4 Ring Weekend Alan Garcia 20-1 $42.00
5 Bayern Rosie Napravnik 10-1 $22.00
6 Ria Antonia Calvin Borel 30-1 $62.00
7 Kid Cruz Julian Pimentel 20-1 $42.00
8 Social Inclusion Luis Contreras 5-1 $12.00
9 Pablo Del Monte Jeffrey Sanchez 20-1 $42.00
10 Ride On Curlin Joel Rosario 10-1 $22.00

Source: Preakness.com

 

Underrated Contender to Watch: Ride On Curlin

The biggest storyline coming into Saturday’s Preakness Stakes is California Chrome’s attempt to make history, but one of the horses not getting talked about enough is Ride On Curlin.

Despite coming off a tough seventh-place finish at the Kentucky Derby, Ride On Curlin is still one of the strongest horses in this field. Add in third-place finishes at the Southwest Stakes and Rebel Stakes and a second-place finish at the Arkansas Derby, and there is no doubt this horse should contend for the win in a 10-horse field.

Jay Privman of Daily Racing Form talked about Ride On Curlin’s improvements:

One of the reasons Ride On Curlin struggled in the Kentucky Derby was his post position. After starting 18th of 19 horses, he was slow out of the gate, he was unable to deal with traffic and he struggled to find his way back into contention.

In the post draw for the Preakness Stakes, Ride On Curlin's bad luck continued as he drew the No. 10 post.

When asked about starting from a less-than-ideal post, trainer Billy Gowan told the Associated Press, via USA Today, “It's OK, I'm an outsider anyhow. I don't think it's bad here. With the kind of pace we have in the field, I think it's fine. He's a tough horse and he can take a lot of work. He moves good over this track.”

Caton Bredar of Horse Racing TV also talked to Gowan about his horse:

The key will be contending with traffic. While an outside post is never ideal, jockey Joel Rosario understands that this is a long race (1 3/16 miles) and that he must have a fast start to avoid being marred in traffic.

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With Mother Nature dumping a heavy deluge of water on the track Friday, getting stuck in the back of the pack will likely mean contending with mud in the face of the horses. If Rosario gets Ride On Curlin out of the gates quickly, he could get an early lead and hold on.

Even if the horse must stay on the outside until the crowd thins out, he has the strength and endurance to be a contender for the win.

Despite the tough post draw, a great start would catapult this horse into contention.

Predicted Finish: fourth

 

Stats via HorseRacingNation.com.

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