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Preakness Results 2014: Reviewing Race Standings and Prize Money Chart

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17:  California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races to the finishline to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Molly Riley/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIINovember 20, 2016

The 2014 Preakness Stakes certainly lived up to its billing on Saturday.

After winning the 2014 Kentucky Derby, California Chrome made anther huge stride toward history, winning the Preakness with yet another sparkling performance.

California Chrome got a great break out of the gate and quickly settled in near the front of the pack. This was a similar strategy to the one employed by veteran jockey Victor Espinoza during the Derby.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17:  California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races to the finish line enroute to winning 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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The pace was quick, but California Chrome didn't have a problem maintaining a solid position in the field into the far turn.

That's when Espinoza and California Chrome made their move.

They headed out wide—in roughly the same manner as their Kentucky Derby performance—and burst to the front of the pack after the far turn. California Chrome's endurance and closing speed were well on display, as he continued to increase his lead down the far stretch.

Ride On Curlin gave a solid effort to close the gap in the final furlong, but California Chrome was simply too strong and had too large of a lead to overcome.

Here's a look at the California-bred's dominating performance:

Once the dust settled, Pimlico's most prestigious race's final standings came to fruition:

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
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One famous phrase comes to mind following the race's conclusion: To the victor go the spoils.

That is certainly the case for the top-five Preakness finishers and its $1.5-million purse.

Here's a look at the hard-earned cash received:

2014 Preakness Stakes Purse Payouts
PlaceLengthsHorsePayout
1--California Chrome$900,000
21 1/2Ride On Curlin$300,000
38Social Inclusion$165,000
48General A Rod$90,000
512 1/4Ring Weekend$45,000
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That's another big payday for California Chrome.

Now, California Chrome has his sights set on the coveted Triple Crown—a feat no horse has accomplished since Affirmed in 1978.

So far, California Chrome has already been defying the odds, according to a couple of tweets from ESPN Stats & Info:

That makes it quite difficult to count him out going forward.

During an interview with Childs Walker of The Baltimore Suntrainer Art Sherman remained optimistic about his horse's chances:

Said Sherman, "I tell you, I wouldn't want to be in anyone else's shoes. I think the horse is a phenomenal horse. I know right now we're running on a high. But I think when we get to Belmont, this horse is going to run big. I really do."

Steve Coburn spoke with Walker as well. The brash cowboy hat-wearing owner was a little more direct:

The Triple Crown. I don't mean to be bold or cocky or arrogant, because I've said this. When I saw this colt, when I saw this baby when he was a day old, I told my wife, Carolyn, this horse is going to do something big. I don't know what it is, but we're going to stay in the game to make sure this colt gets to be the best that he can be. I've been a firm believer in that ever since, and he's not proven me wrong.

Can California Chrome end a 36-year Triple Crown drought?

Certainly, the Belmont Stakes will be a formidable test; however, from what we've seen from this spectacular horse so far, it's difficult to bet against him.

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