The results of the 2014 Preakness Stakes have made the Belmont Stakes must-watch television.
The Triple Crown hasn't been won since 1978, but California Chrome can end that drought. After winning the Kentucky Derby earlier this May, he won the Preakness on Saturday.
Oddsmakers gave California Chrome a morning line of 3-5, pegging him as the heavy favorite heading into the race, and he delivered.
Here is a complete list of the results and a replay of the race:
|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|
via NBC Broadcast
Will California Chrome win the Triple Crown?
While California Chrome entered as a major favorite, several top contenders were identified that could've given him a run for his money. Some of those horses pushed California Chrome as expected. Others didn't.
One horse that didn't was Bayern. Opening odds listed him at 10-1, tying him for the third-best odds in the Preakness behind only California Chrome and Social Inclusion. Instead of competing for the win, though, Bayern finished in ninth place, 20.75 lengths behind the leader.
Speaking of Social Inclusion, he lived up to his reputation as one of the fastest horses at Pimlico but not as the greatest threat to California Chrome's pursuit of the Triple Crown. Social Inclusion entered with 5-1 odds and finished third.
Interestingly, it was a horse that had the same odds as Bayern that pushed California Chrome the most, Ride On Curlin. The rest of the field essentially finished where they were expected to.
According to Brisnet.com, Ride On Curlin, Social Inclusion and Kid Cruz are the only Preakness contestants expected to compete in the Belmont. Joining them will be Kentucky Derby competitors Commanding Curve, Danza, Wicked Strong, Samraat and Intense Holiday. From the rested crowd, California Chrome's greatest threat will come from Commanding Curve, Danza and Wicked Strong, which finished second, third and fourth in the Derby, respectively.
A dozen horses have won the Derby and the Preakness since 1978 only to lose in the last leg of the Triple Crown. History will again hang in the balance at Belmont Park this year.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report and editor at Wade-O Radio.