Buckle up, everybody, the chase for the Triple Crown is heating up! After a resounding win at the Kentucky Derby on May 3, California Chrome is trotting into Pimlico Racetrack two weeks later to try to get two-thirds of the way to history. And you can catch all the action right here at 4:30PM EST TODAY!
The Kentucky Derby gets all the press (and all the fancy hats and cocktails), but the Preakness Stakes is just as important — especially for the horse that’s trying to claim the first Triple Crown in nearly three decades. That means all eyes are on California Chrome on May 17, so fire up your computer and strap in for nine and a half exciting, possibly historic furlongs.
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California Chrome was getting all the attention two weeks ago heading into the Kentucky Derby — and then the colt went and dominated the race, so Perry Martin and Steve Coburn‘s horse is certainly the talk of the town as we near the Preakness.
The horse is heavily favored heading into the race at TK odds, even though he suffered a bit of an illness in the week leading up to the race — a cough caused by a small blister in the horse’s throat.
“It’s not a big deal at all,” Chrome’s trainer Alan Sherman told ESPN. “Chrome is fine. Vet stopped by to scope him and draw blood. Blood came back perfect. He is eating/acting normal.” As if anything is going to keep this frontrunner out. With a victory at the Preakness Stakes, California Chrome will be one race away from becoming the 12th horse in racing history to claim the Triple Crown — victories at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. No horse has completed the feat since 1978.
But there’s also a good chance that the Preakness won’t be The California Chrome Show. After all, we just elaborated on how hard it is to win a Triple Crown. Some horses to look out for to dethrone Chrome are Social Inclusion, Bayern, and Ride On Curlin.
Who do you think will win, HollywoodLifers? The live stream starts at 4:30 and the racing action starts at 6:18 p.m. ET — so watch the live stream and let us know!
— Andrew Gruttadaro