Preakness 2014: Video Highlights, Payouts and Pimlico Race Results

Shehan PeirisCorrespondent IIIMay 17, 2014

California Chrome, center, ridden by Victor Espinoza, Pablo Del Monte, right, ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez, and Ria Antonia, left, ridden by Calvin Borel, race to the first turn during the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore. California Chrome won the race. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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The second leg of the Triple Crown has come and gone. The Preakness Stakes didn’t disappoint thanks to a sizzling performance from California Chrome that puts him in position to win the Triple Crown, a feat last accomplished by Affirmed in 1978.

California Chrome finished with the fastest time at Pimlico since Curlin won in 2007 and silenced the doubters who pointed to his underwhelming time at Churchill Downs as a sign that he wasn’t the real deal.

It was a perfect run by jockey Victor Espinoza on Saturday, as he got out of the gate quickly, stayed close to the lead and then made his move around the final turn to blow the competition out of the water.

Social Inclusion was the horse that set the pace initially, flying out of the gate and sticking to the rail to secure prime positioning. It was the filly, Ria Antonia, that provided the initial challenge to Social Inclusion.

Ria Antonia came around the outside to be right on Social Inclusion’s shoulder, while California Chrome was content to hang back and be third for the first half of the race. As the horses moved into the homestretch, however, California Chrome displayed his trademark burst to move into first place.

Soon, the competition was left in his dust as Chrome turned on the jets and cruised to a relatively comfortable victory.

Only Ride On Curlin could compete with California Chrome’s closing speed as the rest of the pack fell behind the leader by eight lengths. Ride On Curlin closed in at the very end, but the race wasn’t in doubt as the horses came out of the final turn.

Here are the results from Pimlico:

2014 Preakness Stakes 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
via NBC Broadcast

The top five will split the $1.5 million purse, and here are projections for how that prize money will be divided:

Projected Purse Payouts
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

California Chrome has turned out to be quite the investment for owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin—as ESPN’s Darren Rovell points out:

More money is potentially on the way as California Chrome will head to the Belmont Stakes with aspirations of the elusive Triple Crown. He’s in such spectacular form that he will undoubtedly be the favorite. The only question is if any of his challengers can muster up the stamina and closing speed to snatch away all hopes of the historic achievement.