The 2014 Preakness Stakes was one of the most exciting horse races of the year, and the excitement surrounding California Chrome’s Triple Crown chances are through the roof after yet another dominant win.
No horse has won the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.
Here is the full final race results chart, finishing time, purse and preview of California Chrome’s chances at winning the 2014 Belmont Stakes.
|1||3||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||Art Sherman||1:54.84||$900,000|
|2||10||Ride On Curlin||Joel Rosario||William Gowan||1 1/2||$300,000|
|3||8||Social Inclusion||Luis Contreras||Manny Azpurua||8||$165,000|
|4||2||General a Rod||Javier Castellano||Mike Maker||8||$90,000|
|5||4||Ring Weekend||Alan Garcia||H. Graham Motion||12 1/4||$45,000|
|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||--|
Source: HorseRacingNation.com and NBC Broadcast
California Chrome’s Triple Crown Chance
After a wild edition of the Kentucky Derby that featured California Chrome utterly dominating the field, the hopes of horse racing fans finally seeing another Triple Crown winner went through the roof.
Add in a spectacular win at the Preakness Stakes, and the sports world is abuzz with the possibility of history being made.
RJ Bell of ESPN talks about the betting line for California Chrome:
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
Chrome’s veteran trainer Art Sherman told Mike Singer of CBSSports.com about winning the Preakness and his chances at the Belmont Stakes:
Wow. It's quite a thrill. I knew he had to run hard this race, just watching him perform, just coming back in two weeks, I was a little concerned. but I'll tell you one thing, he's a real race horse. I'm hoping that the mile-and-half is up his alley, too, because he's a very good horse.
Jay Privman of Daily Racing Form and Jose A Contreras of AmericasBestRacing.net talked about the horse and the reasons why he has been so successful:
A few thoughts on Preakness: California Chrome must best. Had to move with Social Inclusion at 1/2, finished 8 in front of him. #Preakness— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) May 17, 2014
California Chrome has EARNED all his "good/perfect" trips because of his versatility & cruising speed. Expect him to head to NY w TC dreams.— Jose A Contreras (@LosPonies) May 15, 2014
Not only does this horse have the support of a veteran trainer like Sherman, but he also has the guidance of jockey Victor Espinoza to help him get out of the gates fast and work his way to the front.
Will California Chrome win the Triple Crown?
The key will be Espinoza getting out of the gates early and fighting toward the front of the pack. California Chrome doesn’t have to take the early lead, but he must get in the lead pack and keep pace.
There is no horse in the field with more strength and ability to separate, and a great start and smooth run will lead to a late surge heading into the last turn. Once the horse is in the clear, he will run to the front and run away with another victory.
California Chrome is Triple Crown bound.
Predicted Belmont Finish: First
*Stats via HorseRacingNation.com.