Nothing was shocking about California Chrome winning the 139th Preakness Stakes. The horse was a 3-5 favorite heading in, per Preakness.com.
In an unpredictable sport, California Chrome did just what most expected him to—he won.
Not all of the horses performed to their capabilities, though. Two in particular stood out with woeful performances that have to have their teams wondering if a run at the Belmont Stakes is worth the trouble.
Coming into the Preakness Stakes, Bayern's odds to win were listed at 10-1. Only California Chrome and Social Inclusion were considered surer things.
Not only did Bayern fail to win, place or show, Bob Baffert's horse finished ninth. He was 20 3/4 lengths behind California Chrome when matters concluded, per the NBC broadcast.
Bayern and jockey Rosie Napravnik's finish was just part of the disappointing results for the female representation in the race.
ESPN Stats and Info tweeted this before the Preakness:
For 1st time Preakness will feature filly (Ria Antonia), female jockey (Rosie Napravnik on Bayern) and female trainer (Linda Rice, Kid Cruz)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2014
Unfortunately, Ria Antonia was last and Kid Cruz finished eighth. Still, the lackluster finishes don't take away from the fact that history was made.
Hopefully, we'll see this occurrence again in the near future.
At 12-1 odds, bettors might have thought they could at least depend on Dynamic Impact to come through with a top-three finish. It wasn't in the cards.
He seemed clearly out of his league.
Jockey Miguel Mena sounded relieved via Twitter once the race was finally over.
Preakness week its over! We couldnt get the job done but im thankful for the opportunity Mark and Norman Casse have had gave me#godwithus— Miguel Mena (@_MIGUELMENA_) May 18, 2014
After winning the Illinois Derby on April 19 against a tough field, it seemed as if Dynamic Impact was ready to make one.
Perhaps he was a bit subdued coming from the first post position. After all, according to Sporting Charts, only one horse has ever won from that spot in the last 30 years.
Whatever the case, Dynamic Impact was never a factor at Pimlico, and he finished seventh.