California Chrome Hits the Preakness with Triple Crown Visions

05/14/14 8:39 PM

California Chrome is better than even money to win the Preakness Stakes this weekend, and the legendary Calvin Borel is once again riding a filly in the second leg of the US Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing. We also have a female trainer and a female jockey in this year’s Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, and a handful of talented thoroughbreds with middle-of-the-road odds. Nearly half of the field is showing Las Vegas odds on a Preakness win of 20 to 1 or higher, but if you remember the Kentucky Derby, last-minute add and longshot Commanding Curve paid off handsomely for his second place finish, and almost won the race outright.

Deja Vu All Over Again for Jockey Calvin Borel?

The last time that a filly ran in the Preakness was 2009. That was when Hall of Famer Calvin Borel jockeyed Rachel Alexandra to the victory. The owners of Ria Antonia, a sixth place finisher at the recent Kentucky Oaks race, must feel that Borel has a magic touch with the ladies, because he is on board their filly this year. If anyone can take the 33 to 1 longshot Ria Antonia to victory at Pimlico, it is Borel, who in 2009 became the first jockey to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown on different horses. In staying with the female theme, the accomplished Rosie Napravnik will pilot Bayern, and that combo definitely has a real chance at victory. Trainer Linda Rice has Kid Cruz in the race, currently going off at 14 to 1.

Vegas Odds on Preakness Stakes Show Longshots Aplenty

Take your pick between Ring Weekend, General A Rod, Pablo Del Monte and Ria Antonia. All of those horses are going off at Vegas odds of 20 to 1 or higher to win the Preakness. Even with a second or third place showing, any of those horses can deliver a nice payday to the savvy equestrian gambler that does his or her research and picks the right horse. And don’t forget that California Chrome won a rather slow race at the Kentucky Derby a couple of weeks ago, in what was supposed to be a very speedy field of horses. So anything can happen. Kid Cruz and Dynamic Impact are two colts that sit in the middle of the field odds-wise, and depending on their post position and a little luck, either one could deliver a rather attractive payday.

California Chrome, the Preakness Stakes and Triple Crown Chances

All eyes are obviously on the California bred colt to follow-up his Kentucky Derby victory by adding another notch to his Triple Crown belt. The $1.5 million Preakness Stakes is always run exactly 2 weeks after Kentucky, with the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, taking place exactly 3 weeks to the day after the Preakness. This means that California Chrome has to be the best horse in three of the most competitive US thoroughbred horse races run over five weeks. And on top of that, not all of the horses at Kentucky run the Preakness, so fresh horses step in. So a few horses that skipped Kentucky as a Triple Crown event are fresh this week. That’s what makes it so difficult for a horse to make Triple Crown history. To that end, only two of the thoroughbreds that raced with California Chrome in Kentucky will actually be running at Pimlico. And the three horses that finished second, third and fourth at the Kentucky Derby (Commanding Curve, Danza and Wicked Strong) are all skipping the Preakness. Even worse still for California Chrome, dating back to 2000, nine of the most recent fourteen Belmont winners had five weeks’ rest under their belts.

Betting the Preakness Stakes Online

There are many different ways to approach betting the Preakness Stakes online this year. California Chrome is such a dominant favorite (winner of his last five races), you may want to load up big time and simply choose a winning ticket on that colt. If you are a home run swinger when you take a flutter on the horses, even a small wager on a CC, Kid Cruz, Dynamic win, place and show outcome would be a huge moneymaker. If you believe in history repeating itself, you have to like the fact that Calvin Borel piloted the last filly to a Preakness victory, and is on a filly again. That means a bet on Ria Antonia. And since this is the first time in Preakness history that a female trainer, female jockey and female horse have all been present, why not choose Bayern to win, Kid Cruz to place and Ria Antonia to show? As usual, nothing is certain until the race is run, which is this Saturday, May 17 at 6:18 pm EST, with coverage provided by NBC.

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