The Preakness. It's the cream filling between the chocolate cookies that are the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. It's the meat in the Triple Crown sandwich. And it's apparent that I'm hungry.
But my desire to eat aside, Saturday's running of the Preakness is always an anticipated event, as the Kentucky Derby winner looks to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive and head to New York with a nation hanging on his every trot, whinny and snort. This year, California Chrome is our only hope.
So, in the interest of prepping you for this event, I've accumulated everything you need to know heading into this race, including a one-sentence analysis on each horse. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to grab a snack.
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore
When: Saturday, May 17
Post Time: 6:18 p.m. ET
TV: NBC (coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
|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|
|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|
If brevity truly is the soul of wit, than perhaps concision is the soul of analysis. While I'm fairly certain that latter part isn't true, I'm also fully aware that you've likely been bombarded with Preakness coverage in the past week, so perhaps you'd prefer a change of pace here.
So, in the interest of keeping your attention while you also watch television, text and play ping-pong—kids these days, am I right?—I've provided one sentence that I feel sums up each horse.
Dynamic Impact: This strong closer's best chance is avoiding the lead pack and making a late run, and assistant trainer Norman Casse knows it, telling Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun, "I hope they go at each other and then we're in position to make a late move."
General a Rod: This horse got trapped in the pack at the Kentucky Derby and is better than he showed there, but it doesn't seem like he has the top speed needed to win at Pimlico.
California Chrome: Easily the favorite; easily the most talented horse in this field; easily the winner at the Kentucky Derby; easily our best chance at a Triple Crown in years.
Ring Weekend: With two wins—including the Tampa Bay Derby—and two second-place finishes in four races this year, the gelded horse is a long shot but one that at least has some very nice results under his belt.
Bayern: A speed demon, Bayern will help establish a fast early pace, but can he maintain it?
Ria Antonia: This filly hasn't shown much that would suggest she has a chance in this race.
Kid Cruz: This horse is probably the long shot you want to keep an eye on, and he also has the following going for him, per Darren Rovell of ESPN:
Preakness long-shot Kid Cruz (20-1) is named after Giants WR Victor Cruz (H/T @Man_o_PR)— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 15, 2014
Social Inclusion: There's no doubt Social Inclusion has the talent to pull of an upset at Pimlico, but does he have the experience?
Pablo Del Monte: This front-runner may help to set the pace, but it's doubtful he'll be crossing the finish line anywhere near the leaders.
Ride On Curlin: This horse had a rough run at the Kentucky Derby, but coming from the outside this time shouldn't be as big an issue, and Ride On Curlin should be firmly in the running down the stretch.