After California Chrome blew away the competition at the 2014 Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, all eyes were on the colt to see if it could lock up the second race of the Triple Crown at the Preakness Stakes on May 17. And after a thrilling mile and change, California came out on top in a time of 1:54.84.
The Preakness Stakes is always the race that separates true Triple Crown contenders from pretenders. California Chrome certainly looked like the former with its impressive victory over the field at the Kentucky Derby on May 3, and the colt was the odds-on favorite to win once again at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, Md. Cali Chrome won convincingly over a talented field at Preakness and pulled away late in the home stretch to snag the victory.
California Chrome Wins 2014 Preakness Stakes
Jockey Victor Espinoza drove his horse hard to the finish line during the race. California Chrome won by almost a full body length as a result. The prized horse kept his owner’s dreams of a Triple Crown alive, finishing in a blistering time that was one of the fastest since Curlin took the win in 1:53.46 in 2007.
The Chase For The Triple Crown
California Chrome went into the race having maybe the most Triple Crown hype surrounding it in years. Along with jockey Victor, the colt from Cali is looking to become just the 12th horse to win at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, and the first since Affirmed completed the feat in 1978.
With California Chrome once again pulling ahead and winning at Pimlico, now anticipation for the Belmont Stakes on June 7 is ramped up even more. As of now, history really looks to be within reach — Cali Chrome looks downright unbeatable.
So HollywoodLifers, did you bet on the right horse? Are you glad the chase for the Triple Crown continues?
— Andrew Gruttadaro