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Preakness Results 2014: Finishing Times, Payouts List and Video Highlights

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR LONGINES - California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the second leg of the Triple Crown as he runs away with the 139th Preakness Stakes, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore, MD. Longines, the Swiss watchmaker known for its famous timepieces, is the Official Watch and Timekeeper of the 139th annual Preakness Stakes and the Triple Crown. (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Longines/AP Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 18, 2014

If you missed all of the action at Pimlico on Saturday—or simply want to relive the action-packed spectacle—you've come to the right place.

The 2014 Preakness Stakes featured an immensely strong field. But no competitor came in with more to gain—or lose—than California Chrome.

After winning the Kentucky Derby in decisive fashion, California Chrome began in the No. 3 post at the Preakness in front of a record crowd of 123,469, according to a tweet from DRF Derby:

He got out to a quick start, getting out of the gate cleanly, and found himself settled in near the front of the pack. The pace was quick to start, as the field was full of horses with top-end speed. That didn't matter to California Chrome.

Veteran jockey Victor Espinoza brought a fantastic strategy to the race.

After he settled California Chrome into his position in the pack, he maintained a solid pace, saving endurance for the duo's signature break on the backstretch.

Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

Espinoza took his horse wide around the leader heading into the far turn, and it was all California Chrome from there.

Heading into the backstretch, California Chrome burst to the front of the pack with blazing speed for that point of the race. He quickly found himself ahead by a solid margin and refused to give up ground.

Ride On Curlin provided a solid effort down the final stretch, attempting to gain ground from the outside. However, California Chrome proved to be too strong to overtake.

At the race's end, Bleacher Report tweeted California Chrome's unofficial blazing time:

Here's a look at the race in its entirety:

After the dust settled at Pimlico, here's how the final results stood:

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
NBC Broadcast

So, were you one of the lucky bettors who put faith in California Chrome?

If so, here's a look at your reward:

2014 Preakness Stakes Payout
Post PositionHorseWinPlaceShow
3California Chrome$3.00$3.00$2.40
10Ride On Curlin-$5.60$3.80
8Social Inclusion--$3.40
ESPN.com

Speaking of odds, it's already a well-known fact that California Chrome has been defying the odds for quite some time now. After all, the horse cost his owners a mere $10,000—hardly the price for a Triple Crown-worthy competitor.

Continuing that trend, California Chrome flourished in the face of more obstacles on Saturday, according to a couple of tweets from ESPN Stats & Info:

Now, California Chrome must defy the odds one more time, as he sets his sights on the 2014 Belmont Stakes and the coveted Triple Crown.

It hasn't been easy for any horse to win the Belmont Stakes after emerging victorious in the first two legs of the Triple Crown since Affirmed took the title in 1978, according to a tweet from SportsCenter:

If any horse has what it takes to get the job done, it's California Chrome.

Owner Steve Coburn sure thinks his horse has what it takes, according to 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.

Coburn certainly has a point.

There's nothing California Chrome has done to this point to indicate he doesn't have a great chance of winning the Belmont Stakes and taking home the Triple Crown.

Sure, there will be plenty of fierce competition, but this horse is a proven winner, and it's very difficult to bet against him.

The Belmont Stakes can't get here fast enough.

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