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California Chrome wins 2014 Preakness Stakes

California Chrome California Chrome is the 13th horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown since 1978. (Bill Frakes/SI)

California Chrome has won the first two legs of the Triple Crown after taking the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. The colt ran the 1 3/16th-mile course in 1:54.84.

He can become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978 and the 12th ever in three weeks at the Belmont Stakes. He was a big favorite on Saturday at 3-5 and will likely be just as heavily favored at Belmont.

Ride on Curlin was second and Social Inclusion finished third.

California Chrome, which has won six straight races, battled a mild cough and blister on his throat a couple days before the race, but was deemed healthy by trainer Art Sherman on Friday.

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