There’s no doubt about who deserves to be the favorite at the Preakness Stakes this year, but the question has to be asked if anyone can beat California Chrome at Pimlico. The oddsmakers have three horses stacking the top of the board right behind the Kentucky Derby winner and the choices might surprise you. California Chrome leads the way as a -160 favorite after dominating Churchill Downs.
2014 Preakness Stakes Morning Line Odds ordered by post position.
- Dynamic Impact, 12-1
- General A Rod, 15-1
- California Chrome, 3-5
- Ring Weekend, 20-1
- Bayern, 10-1
- Ria Antonia, 30-1
- Kid Cruz, 20-1
- Social Inclusion, 5-1
- Pablo Del Monte, 20-1
- Ride On Curlin, 10-1
Some of California Chrome’s biggest threats won’t make it to Baltimore either. Hopportunity is still hurt after trainers found heel spurs in his injured foot. Wicked Strong, who placed fourth, and second placer Commanding Curve are skipping the Preakness to prepare for the Belmont exclusively.
So who’s left? And can any of these colts actually beat California Chrome? Let’s discuss!
Can Social Inclusion Beat California Chrome At The 2014 Preakness Stakes?
Social Inclusion is the big mystery at the Preakness Stakes. He’s fast, gifted and considered incredibly elite. The oddsmakers also seem petrified of him, pegging Social Inclusion as the second favorite with a 5-to-1 shot of beating California Chrome. Social Inclusion was impressive at the Wood Memorial where he won by an incredible 10 lengths, and concerns over his bruised foot are being over blown.
This is a track that suits this horse, and the Belmont is also an attractive venue considering its wide turns. I’m not as high on Social Inclusion as others, but there’s a very real possibility that Social Inclusion becomes the horse to beat for the remainder of the year.
Can Danza Beat California Chrome At The 2014 Preakness Stakes?
Tom Pletcher’s best horse this year finished third at the derby, and is also the third favorite on the entire Preakness Stakes board. Outside of his terrific 7-to-1 value, Danza is drawing a ton of attention because he has yet to reach his potential. It’s also unfair to criticize Danza for his derby run because he was pinned and bumped a ton. Should this boss of a horse get a clean run at California Chrome at the Preakness Stakes, anything is possible.
Can Ride On Curlin Beat California Chrome At The 2014 Preakness Stakes?
Calvin Borel is betting replaced at Pimlico apparently, so that kind of throws Ride On Curlin’s total value up in the air. His seventh place finish at the derby is not indicative of his talent, so his 10-to-1 odds to win the Preakness are certainly attractive? But can he beat California Chrome? Maybe with a better strategy he’ll have a strong shot but Chrome seems like he would own the home stretch. What I did like about Ride On Curlin was how motivated the colt seemed despite betting clogged up in traffic at Churchill Downs. A better race plan could make this horse the smartest outside shot of the bunch.