The 2014 Preakness Stakes offers more than one way to watch horses win over a million dollars.
According to the Preakness' official website, the morning line had Kentucky Derby champion California Chrome as a 3-5 favorite to lay claim to the purse payout. Top contenders are Social Inclusion at 5-1 odds, Bayern at 10-1 and Ride On Curlin at 10-1. Dynamic Impact isn't far behind at 12-1 odds.
Here is how to watch these and more horses run, as well as how much money they're running after according to Preakness.com.
|1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Pimlico Saturday||NBC Sports|
|4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.||Preakness Stakes||NBC|
|6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.||Preakness Post-Race Show||NBC Sports|
Overall Purse Payout: $1,500,000
California Chrome is such a heavy favorite to win the 2014 Preakness Stakes that his blister got more attention the past couple of days than his opponents.
The horse's trainers insisted that the blister is the least of their concerns, though.
"California Chrome is fine. His throat is fine. He had a little tickle," said assistant trainer Alan Sherman, according to Preakness.com. "He is not scratching from the Preakness. He is fine. I don’t know why it was blown out of proportion."
Which is more likely?
California Chrome not scratching from the Preakness will keep the the race's ratings stable. Historically, the Preakness has a unique, consistent buzz about it due to its order in the Triple Crown.
As the race after a Triple Crown contender is identified, the Triple Crown is always alive in the Preakness—unless a blister or more serious ailment sidelines the Kentucky Derby champ. But by the time the Belmont Stakes rolls around, the contender could be eliminated.
The Triple Crown hasn't been won since 1978. There was a 25-year drought from 1948 to 1973. Odds Shark has California Chrome at 2-1 odds to end the current 35-year drought.
Those are better odds than any horse has at defeating him on Saturday.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report and editor at Wade-O Radio.