Preakness 2014 Purse: Distribution of Payout for Each Owner, Horse, Jockey

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2014

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17:  California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races to the finishline to win during the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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With a bump to a $1.5 million purse, the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes saw California Chrome race through the finish line first to claim the top prize in the middle leg of the Triple Crown.

The event at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, did much to match the preceding spectacle at Churchill Downs, and the new and improved purse is simply the cherry on top.

California Chrome's triumph will spark rampant Triple Crown discussion as expected, but the runner ups in second-place finisher Ride On Curlin and third-place finisher Social Inclusion have something to smile about as well thanks to the new purse.

Here is a projection for how the payouts will be distributed for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes:

2014 Preakness Purse for Owners, Horses and Jockeys
Finish Horse Owner Jockey Payout
First California Chrome Steve and Carolyn Coburn & Perry and Denise Martin Victor Espinoza $900,000
Second Ride On Curlin Daniel J. DoughertyJoel Rosario$300,000
Third Social InclusionRontos Racing Stable Corp.Luis Contreras$165,000
Fourth General a RodStarlight Racing, Skychai Racing Javier Castellano$90,000
FifthRing WeekendWest Point Thoroughbreds Alan Garcia$45,000
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The full details of the final order are as follows:

2014 Preakness Results
13California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman-
210Ride On CurlinJoel RosarioWilliam Gowan1 1/2
38Social InclusionLuis ContrerasManny Azpurua8
42General a RodJavier CastellanoMike Maker8
54Ring WeekendAlan GarciaH. Graham Motion12 1/4
69Pablo Del MonteJeffrey SanchezWesley A. Ward14
71Dynamic ImpactMiguel MenaMark E. Casse15 3/4
87Kid CruzJulian PimentelLinda Rice15 3/4
95BayernRosie NapravnikBob Baffert20 3/4
106Ria AntoniaCalvin BorelTom Amoss30 3/4
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As ESPN Stats & Info noted before the race, California Chrome was set to approach quite the milestone on Saturday:

Entering Saturday, California Chrome had won five races by 26 lengths. Make that six in a row by a rather significant margin, as those behind in the proceedings did not stand a chance after the final turn.

Give credit where it's due to Ride On Curlin, as a serious push near the end of the race gave the globe the faintest doubts about a Triple Crown contender. It wasn't meant to be, but that second place can't sting too much after finishing seventh at Churchill Downs.

Like every horse in the proceedings, Social Inclusion did not stand a chance after the final turn. The third-place result still can't hurt all that bad, not because of the lofty purse, but because Social Inclusion was acting wild before the race.

Financially speaking, no group is happier than California Chrome's, who surpassed a significant milestone with the win on Saturday, as explained by ESPN's Darren Rovell:

Performance wise, California Chrome also managed to buck history:

Does California Chrome have what it takes to take down another historic milestone? Art Sherman sure hopes so, as he told the media after the race, via Daily Racing Forum:

The final leg of the Triple Crown occurs at Belmont Park in New York on June 7. There, the sport's most dominant horse has a major chance to be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

By all accounts, it seems like a forgone conclusion. The Derby was ran slower than normal and the contestant pool in Baltimore on Saturday was not overtly competitive, but California Chrome remains the enormous favorite at Belmont Park until further notice.


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