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Preakness 2014 Winner: California Chrome's Finishing Time, Highlights and Purse

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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Shehan PeirisCorrespondent IIIMay 17, 2014

The Preakness is over, and the Triple Crown hubbub will only continue to grow as California Chrome delivered on his overwhelming odds as the favorite to win the Preakness Stakes. And unlike the Kentucky Derby, there are no questions about his finishing time at Pimlico.

Jockey Victor Espinoza rode a perfect race, getting out of the gates quickly to find himself not far off the lead for the first half of the race. Social Inclusion was setting the pace early, but California Chrome eventually turned on the gas and made his move coming around the final turn to gain some separation down the home stretch.

Ride On Curlin—another horse that ran at Churchill Downs this year—also displayed his impressive closing speed to finish shortly after California Chrome, but the result was never in doubt on the final straight.

California Chrome and Ride On Curlin destroyed the competition, as you can see from this shot when the Triple Crown hopeful crossed the finish line:

With an unofficial finishing time of 1:54.84, California Chrome had the fastest race at Pimlico since Curlin won in 2007.

Here’s how the race ended in Baltimore:

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

With the vaunted Triple Crown in his crosshairs, all eyes will be on California Chrome as we shift our focus to the final leg—the Belmont Stakes.

His trainer, Art Sherman, was understandably ecstatic after the race and was hopeful about how California Chrome will fare in the last chapter of the Triple Crown:

 

Purse Info

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17:  Owner of California Chrome Steve Coburn celebrates in the winner's circle with jockey Victor Espinoza after winning the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo b
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For the first time in 16 years, the Preakness Stakes purse received a boost of half a million dollars to push to total purse to $1.5 million—which will be split between the top five finishers.

Plenty of people around the world will be making money off the Preakness thanks to heady bets, but here’s how the competitors themselves fared at Pimlico:

Purse Payouts
PlaceHorseJockeyPayout
1California ChromeVictor Espinoza$800,000
2Ride On CurlinJoel Rosario$400,000
3Social InclusionLuis Contreras$170,000
4General a RodJavier Castellano$80,000
5Ring WeekendAlan Garcia$50,000
B/R

Obviously, California Chrome is the big winner here, but the bigger winners are his owners—Darren Rovell of ESPN shows why:

More money is hopefully in the California colt’s future as he attempts to rewrite history and etch his name in horse racing history:

California Chrome was the overwhelming favorite, and he certainly looked the part at Pimlico. It was a tremendous outing for him, and he looks very capable of getting the job done at the Belmont Stakes. With an experienced trainer, an outstanding jockey and phenomenal closing speed, California Chrome stands a very good chance of making history in June.

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