According to a May 16 ESPN horse racing report, Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., will be the site for the 2014 Preakness Stakes, as live streaming NBC information, post time coverage and TV start time are available. National TV coverage of the 139th Run for the Black-Eyed Susans is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra (online), but post time results will not be available until (shortly) after at 6:09 p.m. EST.
This year’s Second Jewel of the Triple Crown will be highlighted by California Chrome’s chase for history. After a very impressive showing at the Kentucky Derby, Art Sherman’s colt will be trying to become the first thoroughbred to win the covered Triple Crown since Affirmed did it in 1978.
As reported by SBN on May 17, California Chrome will have to defy the odds in order to sweep all three races this year. Moments before 2014 Preakness Stakes post time, then son of Lucky Pulpit’s odds to win the Triple Crown 2014 stand at 2/1, while his odds of falling short are valued at 1/3.
Hoping to spoil California Chrome’s party will be eight talented colts and a filly with something to prove. Kevin Manahan of NJ.com published a report in which a number of experts offer their Preakness Stakes 2014 predictions. And while mostly everyone on the panel believes the Derby champion will prevail, there are some interesting takes as far as upset picks.
Much like horse racing oddsmakers around the country, the one common denominator is that Social Inclusion is without question California Chrome’s biggest threat tonight. In fact, seven out of the 16 (surveyed) writers in Manahan’s piece picked Manuel Azpurua’s colt to pull off the upset this evening.
Earlier this week, the official post positions were announced, and determined that California Chrome would burst out of post number 3. Given that more times than not the draw plays a significant role in the outcome of the race, here’s a look at the Preakness Stakes 2014 post positions draw and their respective betting odds:
- Dynamic Impact: 20/1
- General a Rod: 9/1
- California Chrome: 5/9
- Ring Weekend: 30/1
- Bayern: 14/1
- Ria Antonia: 30/1
- Kid Cruz: 10/1
- Social Inclusion: 11/2
- Pablo Del Monte: 30/1
- Ride On Curlin: 9/1
For Art Sherman, winning the Preakness will prove to be a tougher task than the Derby, as the No.3 spot has yielded just 10 winners in 138 previous Preakness Stakes. How will California Chrome fare in what is sure to be one of the highest-watched sporting events of the year?
Be sure to watch the 139th Preakness Stakes tonight at 6:09 p.m. EST on NBC Sports national TV broadcast. For those wishing to watch the action via the Internet, simply click on the link provided above to launch NBC Live Extra’s free live stream at the aforementioned start times.