Preakness 2014 Payout: Prize Money Payout, Order of Finish and Reaction

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMay 17, 2014

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17:  California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finishline to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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It's time to pay attention to the Belmont Stakes again. 

If the same horse doesn't win the first two legs of the Triple Crown, interest from common fans in the 1 1/2-mile race at Belmont Park dies down considerably—but California Chrome has made sure that isn't a problem. 

Jockey Victor Espinoza delivered a near-perfect trip atop the talented three-year-old colt to another impressive win at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, taking one step closer to Triple Crown lore not seen since Affirmed nearly 40 years ago:

Ride On Curlin and Social Inclusion joined California Chrome in the money, rounding out the top-three finishers in the 10-horse field at Pimlico. 

Here's a look at the complete order of finish and prize payouts: 

2014 Preakness Stakes Order of Finish
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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2014 Preakness Stakes Payouts
California Chrome$3.00$3.00$2.40
Ride On Curlin$5.60$3.80
Social Inclusion$3.40
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Long shot Pablo Del Monte set the early pace along with Ria Antonia, but California Chrome lurked in third place before rocketing ahead and holding off a surging Ride On Curlin down the final stretch. 

Jose Contreras of applauded yet another tremendous run from the rock star:

That versatility is perhaps the most impressive characteristic of the California-bred speed demon. 

While Art Sherman's horse won a historically slow Kentucky Derby, he showed off the jets at Pimlico. The unofficial winning time of one minute and 54.84 seconds is the fastest since Big Brown in 2008, per

Espinoza talked about the win, via USA Today's Gary Mihoces:

"It's an awesome feeling to have a horse like California Chrome. It was a crazy race. I got more tired mentally than physically. It worked out well, and he's an amazing horse."

One more win, and he'll be a lot more than an amazing horse. He'll be the first California-bred horse—and a cheap one at that—to ever win the Triple Crown, as co-owner Steve Coburn alluded to just after the Kentucky Derby:

Moreover, as ESPN Stats & Info noted, this is just the third time in the last decade a horse will enter the Belmont Stakes with a hope for Triple Crown immortality: 

As you may remember, Big Brown didn't finish that race, while I'll Have Another was scratched before the start.

While improving on those results should be a simple task for the ultra-talented horse, the 1 1/2-mile race against horses bred for distance will be the ultimate challenge. 

But it's been over six months since California Chrome has met a challenge he couldn't crush. Don't expect Belmont Park to be any different.