If you were busy on Saturday or couldn't find an available TV around 6:18 p.m. ET, you probably missed the 2014 Preakness Stakes.
Luckily, we have the Internet, so let's get up to speed.
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome did it again, putting on a sparkling performance at Pimlico to come away with a win at the Triple Crown's second jewel.
This horse has been defying the odds since the beginning and continued that trend on Saturday.
ESPN Stats & Info tweeted a couple of interesting statistics regarding California Chrome's performance:
California Chrome joins Big Brown (2008) & Smarty Jones (2004) as the only odds-on favorites to win the Preakness since 1980.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2014
California Chrome is the 1st horse to win the Preakness from the No. 3 post position since Prairie Bayou in 1993.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2014
So, how did this phenomenal colt get the job done once more?
Here are the gritty details.
Starting from the No. 3 gate, California Chrome had a great break, finding himself near the front of the pack immediately.
Employing the same strategy as he did in the Kentucky Derby, veteran jockey Victor Espinoza settled his horse just behind the leader. The pace was fast, but California Chrome had the necessary speed and endurance to easily keep up.
Espinoza took California Chrome wide of the leader at the far turn and immediately made a push to the front soon after.
Quickly, the duo found themselves a couple of lengths ahead. That's when California Chrome's great closing speed came into play.
He kept up his quick dash down the final stretch and fended off a surging Ride On Curlin to win the Preakness by 1 1/2 lengths.
Here's a look at how it all went down:
It was a pure adrenaline-filled spectacle.
With the end of that performance came the race's results:
|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|
After the race, California Chrome's brash, cowboy-hat-wearing owner Steve Coburn had some bold comments about his horse's future during an interview with Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun:
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.
The coveted Triple Crown.
With the first two legs of the Triple Crown in the books, California Chrome faces the daunting task of winning the Belmont Stakes.
As a tweet from SportsCenter notes, this has not been an easy feat:
Lucky number 13? California Chrome is 13th horse to win both Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes since last Triple Crown in 1978.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 17, 2014
Still, from what we've seen so far from California Chrome, it's easy to speculate that this horse has a great shot of ending a 36-year Triple Crown drought.
According to a tweet from ESPN's RJ Bell, California Chrome is already a huge favorite:
California Chrome is a favorite to win the Triple Crown (-130 at Sportsbook.ag) - rest of Belmont field +100— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) May 17, 2014
Win or lose, one thing is for certain: We are in for the ride of our lives when the Belmont Stakes rolls around in June.