California Chrome Now One Win From History

Wins Preakness, will go for Triple Crown

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 17, 2014 5:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – California Chrome won the Preakness today to keep alive his bid to capture horse racing's Triple Crown. As a follow-up to his victory in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Art Sherman's horse justified his stature as the overwhelming favorite by outrunning Ride On Curlin to the finish today. Ridden again by jockey Victor Espinoza, he covered the 1 3-16th mile course in 1:54.84. Ride On Curlin finished second and Social Inclusion took third.

It was the first Preakness victory for the 77-year-old trainer, and it gave California Chrome his sixth straight win. The chestnut colt is the first California-bred horse to win the Preakness since Snow Chief in 1986. With a victory in the Belmont on June 7, California Chrome would become the 11th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history and the first since Affirmed in 1978.

California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course.
California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course.   (Mike Stewart)
California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course.
California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course.   (Mike Stewart)
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