California Chrome wins 2014 Preakness Stakes

Saturday May 17th, 2014

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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