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Betting on the 2014 Preakness Stakes – Odds to Win

When: Saturday, May 17th 2014 at 6:20pm ET
Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland
Watch: Live on NBC

After a dominant performance at the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome will look to move closer to the Triple Crown. The last time a horse won the Triple Crown was back in 1970 (Nijinsky) and while I don’t want to jinx anything, California Chrome could change that.

2014 Preakness Stakes Post Positions

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The odds-on favorite will only have to beat nine other horses in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday and he has drawn PP #3, which is basically perfect. The early speed in the race is on the outside, which will allow Espinoza to settle in behind the lead pack if needed.

California Chrome, Ride On Curlin and General A Rod are the only three colts that raced in the Kentucky Derby. Here’s an interesting tidbit – this will be the first time in the 100+ year history of the race that a female jockey and horse compete in the same race.

Should I Bet on California Chrome to Win the Preakness Stakes

This colt had the perfect trip at the Derby and after drawing PP #3 it’s shaping up that way again. The pace in the Derby wasn’t too fast and it’s expected that the pace will be quicker this weekend, but California Chrome made the Derby look effortless.

He stalked the leaders perfectly and pulled away down the stretch while looking strong the entire race. The only potential concern is if California Chrome falls behind the early pace in the race and is unable to make up the distance on the 9.5-furlong dirt track.

California Chrome is easily the most talented horse in the race and it would take a bad trip for this colt to lose the race. The field was stronger in the Derby as well plus there was much more congestion early in the race, but CC was able to overcome those obstacles.

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2014 Preakness Stakes Predictions

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I’ll be going with a boxed trifecta that includes the colts above. I can’t see California Chrome losing although for the sake of a better payout I wouldn’t mind him finishing in 2nd or 3rd place with Dynamic Impact pulling off a surprise win on Saturday.

With a few days still before the race you should continue paying close attention to late withdrawals. Hopefully all ten horses will be able to race, as the field is already on the small scale. I’m also betting on California Chrome to win the Triple Crown at 2/1 odds.

If he wins the Preakness he’ll likely be the odds-on favorite to win the Belmont Stakes. I think the best bet is to take him to win the Triple Crown at 2/1 odds rather than bet on him to win both races at shorter odds. Good luck this weekend.

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