Preakness Results 2014: Winner, Final Race Times and Purse Payout

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2014

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17:  Victor Espinoza celebrates atop California Chrome #3 after winning the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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California Chrome kept the dream of a Triple Crown alive as the Kentucky Derby winner once again was the best out there, winning the 2014 Preakness Stakes in impressive fashion.

The thoroughbred pulled away from the field down the stretch and held off Ride On Curlin to win in a time of one minute, 54.84 seconds. Bleacher Report provided a look at how close it was at the finish:

Social Inclusion also had an impressive race and ended in third place. Here is a complete look at the final order from Pimlico:

2014 Preakness Stakes Results
Pos.PostHorseJockeyTrainerLengths
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
via NBC Broadcast

California Chrome was the overwhelming favorite heading into the race after winning two weeks earlier at Churchill Downs. However, his speed on display was still surprising to most who watched, including Courtney Fallon of NBC:

Trainer Art Sherman noticed how much he was pushed down the stretch:

Even rival trainer Bob Baffert was impressed with the horse's performance:

Of course, Ride On Curlin deserves a lot of credit for making this a race in the final few lengths. Jockey Joel Rosario pushed his horse down the stretch to attempt to catch the leader, but he simply did not have enough left to reach Victor Espinoza and California Chrome.

There was a significant gap after the top two, but the battle for third was just as tough. Social Inclusion—which was considered by many to be the toughest competition for the favorite—eventually edged General a Rod for a third-place finish.

Ring Weekend was able to come through in fifth place, which does not matter much for most standings but is a big deal for the owners. Saturday was a huge day for the teams of each top horse as they were able to bring home quite a payday.

The purse increased from last year and is now a total of $1.5 million, leading to this breakdown of payouts following the race:

2014 Preakness Stakes Purse Payouts
Pos.PostHorseOwnerPayout
13California ChromeSteve Coburn and Perry Martin$800,000
210Ride On CurlinDaniel J. Dougherty$400,000
38Social InclusionRontos Racing Stable Corp.$170,000
42General a RodStarlight Racing, Skychai Racing$80,000
54Ring WeekendWest Point Thoroughbreds$50,000

Still, the story of the day is the great performance of California Chrome. He will hope to keep this momentum going into the Belmont Stakes in a few weeks as he tries to become the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown.

Of course, a number of other challengers have come this close, as noted by ESPN Stats and Info:

If he can run as well as he did in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, he should be able to keep up his winning ways and take home the title at Belmont. 

 

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