Preakness Results 2014: Video Replay, Times Chart, Belmont Predictions

Sean ODonnellContributor 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)
Diane Bondareff/Associated Press

California Chrome did it again.

After another flawless performance, the California-bred colt took the second leg of the Triple Crown in dominant fashion at the 2014 Preakness Stakes.

With both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness now under his best, California Chrome will look to become the first horse to win the coveted Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

However, it won't be easy, according to a tweet from SportsCenter:

If any horse has a chance to break the 36-year Triple Crown drought, California Chrome appears to have what it takes—especially with jockey Victor Espinoza on the reins.

After a great break from the No. 3 gate on Saturday, Espinoza settled California Chrome just behind the leaders in the same manner as he did during the Kentucky Derby.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17:  California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races with the field during the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

The pace was fast, but that wasn't a problem for California Chrome. He held his position through the far turn and made his signature burst down the backstretch.

With a great amount of endurance and closing speed on display, California Chrome quickly found himself well in the front of the pack. He continued his blazing pace, fending off a late-surging Ride On Curlin to take the Preakness victory by 1 1/2 lengths.

Upon the race's conclusion, Bleacher Report tweeted California Chrome's blazing unofficial time:

Here's a look at California Chrome's sparkling performance:

That's a Triple Crown-worthy performance, indeed.

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

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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After the race, Jay Privman of the Daily Racing Form caught up with 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman, who spoke about his confidence in California Chrome going forward, according to this tweet:

Even though the full field of contenders has not yet been set for the Belmont Stakes, we have a very strong idea of which horses will compete against California Chrome, according to these tweets from DRF Derby:

Looking at this strong list of contenders, the third jewel of the Triple Crown will certainly be California Chrome's most difficult test yet.

Ride On Curlin gave himself a great chance down the final furlong on Saturday, and he could be a big factor in Belmont. Commanding Curve did the same at the Kentucky Derby and should be one of the favorites as well.

It's tough to count out Wicked Strong as well. He finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby but faced the difficult task of making up ground after starting at the far outside position.

Newcomer Tonalist may bring quite a surprise to the field as well. He's already wont at Belmont in the Peter Pan Stakes.

Here's a look at his performance:

This will be a strong field, indeed.

It's rather difficult to put together a list of predictions before the post positions have been set. Although, it's never too early to speculate.

Here's a very early look at how the 2014 Belmont Stakes could shake out:

2014 Belmont Stakes Predictions
1California Chrome
3Commanding Curve
4Wicked Strong
5Ride On Curlin
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions

Of course, we'd all love to see California Chrome take the Triple Crown victory—it's been far too long since that feat has been accomplished.

Aside from Tonalist, California Chrome has one big advantage over the race's other top contenders: He's beaten them all before.

It won't be long until we find out if he can do it again.


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