Preakness 2014 Horse Racing

Updated: May 14, 2014

Preakness Horse Racing Preview - May 17, 2014

by Jeffrey Brandes (Big Game Picks)

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CALIFORNIA CHROME has now won five in a row and is undefeated as a three year old.  He totally anhiliated them in the Derby opening by five in the stretch and coasting home first by one and a half.  He's now won 7 of his 11 lifetime starts.  His last 3 races consist of two Grade I wins and a Grade II win.  He can run any way that he has to in order to win the race and I don't see any horse in here getting close to him at the the finish.

SOCIAL INCLUSION is the most likely candidate to finish second in the Preakness.  He finished third in the Wood Memorial as the 8-5 favorite after winning his first two starts.  He's speedy, gutsy, and has plenty of upside as he has made just 3 lifetime starts.  We'll definitely hear from him as we get deeper into the year.  He's been working very fast in the AM and will be the one that CALIFORNIA CHROME has to collar in the stretch.

GENERAL A ROD is going to get another chance from me.  Now that he's been sold to Skychai Racing LLC and Starlight Racing I'm feeling that he'll move forward.  Javier Castellano is listed to replace Joel Rosario in the irons and I'm not sure if that means all that much.  He had an awful trip in the Derby and with a better one today, he could make his presence felt.

RIDE ON CURLIN got arguably the worst ride in the history of the Derby from Calvin Borel.   He broke from the 18 post, was moved towards the rail, steadied at the 1/4 pole, and then moved 9 wide.  Awful Ride.  In his previous race he finished second to DANZA in the Arkansas Derby.  Joel Rosario opted to ride him instead of GENERAL A ROD and we'll see if he made the right choice.

BAYERN was a winner by a nose last out in the DERBY TRIAL but was DQ'd and placed second for drifting out.  Still, he's crossed the finish line first in 3 of his 4 races.  He knows only one way to run on that's on the front end.  Whether or not he can pull it off versus these remains to be seen.

PABLO DEL MONTE has shown speed on the artificial surfaces.  His two races on real dirt at Gulfstream Park were nothing to write home about.  I can't envision him having much of an impact today.

RING WEEKEND won the Tampa Derby two back and then failed at Calder last out as the 3-10 chalk.  I don't see him having anything much to do in the outcome of this race as well.

DYNAMIC IMPACT will not have a dynamic impact on this race.  He broke his maiden two back and was an upset winner of the Illinois Derby in his last.  He's just flat out outclassed in this race.

KID CRUZ has a nice record of  5-3-1-0.  However, the big strike he has against him in my mind is that Bill Mott let him get claimed for $50k at the Big A last November.  If this horse had any potential Mr. Mott would not have entered him to be claimed.

RIA ANTONIA is the only filly in this race and I feel it is a huge mistake to enter her here.  More often than not good fillies are ruined when facing front line male competition early in their careers.  She showed little in the Kentucky Oaks so what is the motivation to enter her in the Preakness?  The Black Eyed Susan would have been a wiser choice IMHO.


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