2014 Preakness Stakes

Preakness 2014 Post Positions: Final Projections, Odds Payout and Post Info

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 15: Bayern works on 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)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 17, 2014

There's one big question on everyone's mind heading into Saturday's 139th Preakness Stakes: Will California Chrome move one step closer to the coveted Triple Crown?

After all, we haven't seen a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. The California-bred horse appears to have what it takes to end that 36-year drought, but he'll first have to get through a tough field at Pimlico.

Let's take a look at each horse's post position and odds, predict the race's outcome and glance at the expected odds payout for bettors who strike gold on Saturday.

 

Post Positions and Odds

Once again, California Chrome lucked out with a nice starting position. At the No. 3 post, he's not too close to the rail and has a great chance of finding the front of the pack early with a good break.

Bettors are realizing this and have placed a slew of wagers on the horse, according to a tweet from Covers.com:

Second favorite Social Inclusion starts a bit outside at the No. 8 gate, but with his speed, covering a bit of extra ground shouldn't be much of an issue.

Ride On Curlin started far outside in the Kentucky Derby and drew another outside post in the Preakness. Although it's a smaller field at Pimlico, he will have to make a nice break to stay in the running.

Here's a look at the post positions and odds for the whole field:

2014 Preakness Stakes Post Positions and Odds
PostHorseJockeyOdds to Win
1Dynamic ImpactMiguel Mena12-1
2General A RodJavier Castellano15-1
3California ChromeVictor Espinoza3-5
4Ring WeekendAlan Garcia20-1
5BayernRosie Napravnik10-1
6Ria AntoniaCalvin Borel30-1
7Kid CruzJulian Pimentel20-1
8Social InclusionLuis Contreras5-1
9Pablo Del MonteJeffrey Sanchez20-1
10Ride on CurlinJoel Rosario10-1
Preakness.com

 

Odds Payouts

Gary Jones/Associated Press

For those lucky enough to strike it rich at the Preakness Stakes, here's a look at what a $2 wager can pay:

2014 Preakness Stakes Projected Payouts
HorseOdds$2 Payout
Dynamic Impact12-1$26.00
General A Rod15-1$32.00
California Chrome3-5$3.20
Ring Weekend20-1$42.00
Bayern10-1$22.00
Ria Antonia30-1$62.00
Kid Cruz20-1$42.00
Social Inclusion5-1$12.00
Pablo Del Monte20-1$42.00
Ride on Curlin10-1$22.00
Projected Payouts based on Preakness.com odds chart

 

Final Predictions

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
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The race is California Chrome's to lose. His showing at the 2014 Kentucky Derby was simply dazzling. After winning five consecutive races in decisive fashion, he's poised to get No. 6 in Baltimore.

Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated agrees and is going with California Chrome on Saturday, according to his tweet:

Watch out for Social Inclusion. If any horse has a chance to defeat the Chrome, it's him.

With a great amount of speed, endurance and closing ability, Social Inclusion will give California Chrome a run for his money.

Take a look at Social Inclusion's dominance in March at Gulfstream Park:

The steady Bayern starts at the No. 5 post and has a great chance to set the pace with a nice break. If he can maintain his stamina, he'll be a factor late in the race.

Ride On Curlin has a big task ahead to make up ground from the outside. He started in the 19th post at Churchill Downs and finished in seventh place. Although, this is a far smaller field at Pimlico, and he has a far better chance to make a strong move from the outside.

Here's a look at how the race could potentially shake out:

2014 Preakness Stakes Final Predictions
PlaceHorseOdds
1California Chrome3-5
2Social Inclusion5-1
3Bayern10-1
4Ring Weekend20-1
5Ride On Curlin10-1
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions

The 139th Preakness Stakes appears to be one for the ages. With a strong field at Pimlico, we're certainly in for a spectacular event.

Will California Chrome earn a victory once more?

Be sure to tune in on Saturday to find out.

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