Horse racing fans can watch the 2014 Preakness Stakes live online and see whether California Chrome can continue his run to the Triple Crown or if one of the other nine horses in the field can pull off the upset.
The 139th running of the Preakness Stakes will take kick off Saturday at Pimlico in Baltimore, with post time scheduled for 6:18 pm.
The race comes with quite a bit of anticipation, as California Chrome looks to build on a giant win in the Kentucky Derby by running the second leg of the Triple Crown. The race will be a bit easier for the horse, as the Preakness field is capped at 14 horses (the Kentucky Derby has a limit of 20). This year there will be 10 horses competing.
Fans who watch the 2014 Preakness Stakes live online will once again see California Chrome enter as a big favorite. The horse was the odds-on favorite to win in Kentucky, and again comes into the race with a big edge. On the day before the race California Chrome was going off at 3-5 odds. Social Inclusion was next with 5-1 odds, and no other horse in the field had better than 10-1 odds.
Many racing experts expect California Chrome to cruise in the Preakness, leading to a big race at the Belmont Stakes and a chance for the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed did it 36 years ago.
The horse’s training staff admitted that there was a bit of pressure on them to win the Preakness Stakes.
“When you run a 3-5 shot, you’ve got a lot more pressure on you knowing you’re going to be the favorite, but I think we can handle it,” trainer Art Sherman said.
Even California Chrome’s competitors admitted that the colt will be difficult to beat.
“You need a good trip, a good setup and to have everything go your way,” said Mike Maker, who trains General a Rod. “Obviously, California Chrome is head and shoulders above everybody so far. He’s proved it, and every race, he’s continued to do so.”
The horse galloped two miles on a rain-soaked track on Friday, one day after a blister in his throat caused California Chrome to cough. But Alan Sherman, Art’s son and assistant trainer, said all is well with the colt.
“California Chrome is fine. His throat is fine. He had a little tickle,” he said. “He is not scratching from the Preakness.”
Many fans who watch the 2014 Preakness live online will be looking to put a little money on the race to make it interesting, and can check out a full betting guide here.
A list of the updated odds for all horses can be found here.
Those who want to watch the 2014 Preakness Stakes live online can click here for streaming video from NBC.