Preakness 2014 Payout: Dissecting Prize Money Purse and Final Race Results

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIMay 18, 2014

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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California Chrome pleased bettors on Saturday, winning the 2014 Preakness Stakes and keeping his Triple Crown hopes alive in the process.

After a decisive victory at the Kentucky Derby, Chrome followed with an equally impressive win at Pimlico. Even though Chrome didn't display his dominance on Saturday, he still showed his ability to maintain a top speed for a lengthy portion of a race.

Ride On Curlin and Social Inclusion finished in second and third, respectively. The payout for the three top finishers is as follows:

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
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*$2 Exacta (3-10) paid $18.20; $1 Trifecta (3-8-2) paid $38.00; $1 Superfecta (3-10-8-2) paid $173.80.

The remainder of the field was far behind. Even Social Inclusion was pretty far back, finishing a full eight lengths behind Chrome. Here is the full table of results from the event:

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
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Now the race for the Triple Crown is on.

The last horse to win it was Affirmed in 1978, though there have been many horses since that have come within one win. In fact, Chrome is the 13th to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, via SportsCenter's official Twitter account:

For Chrome to win, jockey Victor Espinoza will need to use the same strategy as in the past six races atop the colt—when the three-year-old starts just behind the leaders and turns on the jets later in the race, he wins.

It's a simple formula not always easily executed, but Espinoza has been brilliant in making it happen.

At Pimlico, Chrome started behind leaders Pablo Del Monte and Ria Antonia before creating enough space to get to the outside. Coming around the final turn, Chrome tapped into that reserve and pushed it to another gear.

He was able to maintain this speed for the remainder of the race, even adding an extra boost during the last furlong to hold off Ride On Curlin.

But while Belmont is a longer race than the Preakness, trainer Art Sherman is confident the strategy will still work (via Daily Racing Form's Twitter account):

With a confident trainer and talented jockey, it looks as if Chrome could very well be in line for the Triple Crown.