California Chrome did it again. Art Sherman's dynamic colt won the 139th Preakness Stakes on Saturday and became the second horse in the last three years to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
Ride on Curlin and Social Inclusion put up a valiant fight, but in the end, California Chrome had too much speed and stamina to be denied.
Here's a look at the final results, per the NBC broadcast:
|1||3||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||Art Sherman||-|
|2||10||Ride On Curlin||Joel Rosario||William Gowan||1 1/2|
|3||8||Social Inclusion||Luis Contreras||Manny Azpurua||8|
|4||2||General a Rod||Javier Castellano||Mike Maker||8|
|5||4||Ring Weekend||Alan Garcia||H. Graham Motion||12 1/4|
|6||9||Pablo Del Monte||Jeffrey Sanchez||Wesley A. Ward||14|
|7||1||Dynamic Impact||Miguel Mena||Mark E. Casse||15 3/4|
|8||7||Kid Cruz||Julian Pimentel||Linda Rice||15 3/4|
|9||5||Bayern||Rosie Napravnik||Bob Baffert||20 3/4|
|10||6||Ria Antonia||Calvin Borel||Tom Amoss||30 3/4|
California Chrome was not bred like most horses that have accomplished what he has, but his success is paying dividends for his owners. Take a look at this tweet from ESPN's Darren Rovell:
California Chrome, bred for $10,000, has now earned more than $3 million on the track.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 17, 2014
That's not a bad return on investment. Because the horse was the favorite, and Ride on Curlin and Social Inclusion weren't exactly long shots either, the payouts for bettors weren't overwhelming.
Here's what the win, place and show paid, per the NBC broadcast:
|Ride On Curlin||$5.60||$3.80|
Looking Ahead to the Belmont Stakes
Horse racing has already benefited greatly from California Chrome's run. Whether the horse wins the Belmont Stakes on June 7 or not, the Triple Crown threat will bring out all of the horse racing purists as well as the casual fans.
The folks running the Belmont Stakes Twitter account know how big California Chrome's presence will be at their race. They have already begun the hype:
Is it time for a #TripleChrome?! Congratulations, California Chrome!— Belmont Stakes (@BelmontStakes) May 17, 2014
Sherman isn't shunning any of the focus on his horse capturing history. Immediately after the Preakness Stakes, he began talking up California Chrome's potential history-making run at the Belmont:
Moments after race, Art Sherman tells NBC: "He's a real racehorse, and I'm hoping that the mile and a half is up his alley, too." #Preakness— DRF Derby (@DRFDerby) May 17, 2014
In 2012, I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and The Preakness Stakes, but an injury kept him from going for the Triple Crown.
No one wants anything to prevent California Chrome from giving it a go next month. But staying healthy is just one of the potential impediments to winning the Triple Crown.
Hopefully, the horse will take the time off well and be ready to perform his best at the Belmont.