2014 Preakness Stakes Recap
California Chrome won the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, covering 1 3/16 miles in a time of 1:54.84 and in front of a race record crowd of 123,469. The winning time was the fastest in the race since Big Brown ran 1:54.80 in 2008.
It was the sixth straight victory for the Art Sherman-trained California Chrome. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978, and California Chrome is the 13th horse since to sweep the Derby and Preakness with a chance at history in the Belmont Stakes, which this year is June 7 in New York. The 36-year gap is the longest in Triple Crown history.
California Chrome, the 1/2 betting favorite on Preakness odds, hung with the pack at the Preakness until the field approached the final turn. There, jockey Victor Espinoza spurred California Chrome in the lead past early front-runner Pablo Del Monte. Ride On Curlin made a late charge from the back of the pack but couldn't catch California Chrome, finishing second. Ride On Curlin was one of just two horses from the Kentucky Derby -- he was seventh at Churchill Downs -- to challenge California Chrome at the Preakness. The other was General a Rod.
2014 Preakness Stakes Final Results
||Ride On Curlin
||General a Rod
||Pablo Del Monte