Preakness Stakes

Saturday May 17, 2014: Pimlico Race Course

California Chrome is settled into stall 40, where Kentucky Derby winners who also compete in the Preakness Stakes usually stay.

Preakness contender Dynamic Impact gets a bath after his morning gallop two days before the big race. His trainer is Mark Casse.
Ring Weekend, trained by Graham Motion, arrives at Pimlico on Thursday afternoon and is led to his stall in the stakes barn by groom Lisa Conway.
Social Inclusion pauses for a photo, then continues around the shedrow with his hot walker, Pedro Palma, on Friday afternoon.

Race day arrives: the horses, including California Chrome, walk with their connections from the stakes barn to the track.
Steve Coburn, co-owner of California Chrome, accompanies the colt to his designated spot in the saddling area.
Bob Baffert trainee Bayern, Rosie Napravnik up, joins the Preakness post parade.
Julien Pimentel rides Kid Cruz, trained by Linda Rice.

Start of the race: from left, Ria Antonia (the only filly in the race), Bayern, Social Inclusion, Ring Weekend, California Chrome, Pablo Del Monte, General a Rod.
California Chrome's jockey, Victor Espinoza, keeps an eye on Ria Antonia (#6) as the field heads for the clubhouse turn.

Ride On Curlin (left), with Joel Rosario, tries to catch the leader as they head to the finish line. Billy Gowan trains the son of two-time horse of the year Curlin.
California Chrome wins the Preakness by one and a half lengths over Ride On Curlin.
The victor and his team leave the track, the blanket of black-eyed susans draped over the shoulder of assistant trainer Alan Sherman.

The winner's colors are immediately applied to the weather vane in the Pimlico infield.
Exercise rider Willie Delgado, left, and groom Raul Rodriguez lead California Chrome back to the stakes barn.
The colt passes admirers lining the shedrow, including actress and California Horse Racing Board member Bo Derek (right) . . .
. . . then stops by his trainer, Art Sherman.
Willie Delgado and Alan Sherman (Art's son and assistant trainer) join the Preakness winner outside the stakes barn as fans and media members crowd around hoping to get a few more photos.
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