The stage is set at Pimlico for the running of the 139th Preakness Stakes.
We're certainly in for a spectacle, as 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome looks to keep his winning streak alive in search for the coveted Triple Crown.
It won't be easy, though.
The Preakness features a strong field with the speedy Social Inclusion, Bayern, Ride On Curlin, Ring Weekend and others.
Needless to say, this race shouldn't be missed.
No matter where you may be on Saturday, viewing information for the Preakness is readily available—be it from home, on the road or at the office.
Here's a look at the different ways to watch the race from any given location.
When: Saturday, May 17 (Post time is 6:18 p.m. ET)
Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland
TV: NBC (Broadcast begins at 4:30 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: NBC Sports
Mobile Stream: iPhone and Android
Post Positions and Odds
As we know, post positions play a major role in a horse's chance for success in any race.
Last year, we saw Kentucky Derby winner Orb draw the No. 1 position, get caught on the rail and finish in a disappointing fourth place.
Here's how the starting positions look this time around:
|Post||Horse||Jockey||Odds to Win|
|1||Dynamic Impact||Miguel Mena||12-1|
|2||General A Rod||Javier Castellano||15-1|
|3||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||3-5|
|4||Ring Weekend||Alan Garcia||20-1|
|6||Ria Antonia||Calvin Borel||30-1|
|7||Kid Cruz||Julian Pimentel||20-1|
|8||Social Inclusion||Luis Contreras||5-1|
|9||Pablo Del Monte||Jeffrey Sanchez||20-1|
|10||Ride on Curlin||Joel Rosario||10-1|
Unlike Orb, this year's Kentucky Derby winner, California Chrome, drew a far more favorable position at the No. 3 post. With a smaller 10-horse field, getting caught against the rail is a minimal risk from this gate.
California Chrome looks poised to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown, and according to a tweet from Covers.com, many bettors agree with that notion:
According to Michael Stewart of Carbon Sports, California Chrome is getting 50 percent of the bets for the Preakness.— Covers.com (@Covers) May 16, 2014
The California-bred will have to get past the quick Social Inclusion if he is to take home another victory.
Social Inclusion may be the fastest horse on the track. With his great speed, he has plenty of endurance and can absolutely finish.
All of these traits were well on display during his sparkling performance at Gulfstream Park in March:
Other horses that shouldn't be overlooked are Bayern, Ride On Curlin and Ring Weekend.
According to a tweet from Jay Privman of the Daily Racing Form, trainer Bob Baffert has been happy with Bayern's workouts leading up to the Preakness:
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
Privman also tweeted his impression of Ride On Curlin's workout as well:
I thought Ride On Curlin's work today here at Pimlico looked a lot sharper than his final work before the Derby. #Preakness— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) May 14, 2014
Ring Weekend looked great at the Tampa Bay Derby this year and should not be counted out at Pimlico. Here's a look at his sparkling performance:
It's easy to speculate that any of these horses could potentially come away with a victory on Saturday.
That's the beauty of horse racing: It's completely unpredictable.
Be sure to tune in.