Preakness Contenders Beginning To Arrive At Pimlico

Posted on May 12, 2014 by Bill Ordine

Preakness Week opened at Pimlico Race Course May 12 with the afternoon arrival of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome.

California Chrome

Photo Credit: Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club

California Chrome was scheduled to arrive at BWI Airport at 1:45 p.m. May 12, along with the other two colts who ran in the Derby and are scheduled to run in the 139th Preakness Stakes May 17 -- Ride On Curlin and General a Rod. Ride On Curlin was seventh in the Kentucky Derby, and General a Rod was 11th.

California Chrome was scheduled to get a police escort from the airport to Pimlico, where he will continue his pursuit of glory during the second jewel of horse racing's elusive Triple Crown. As is often mentioned at this time of year, no horse has managed to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

Before leaving Churchill Downs, California Chrome galloped 1.25 miles. The jockey at Pimlico May 17 will be Victor Espinoza, who was credited with guiding the colt expertly at Churchill Downs.

"Everything is perfect," Alan Sherman, assistant trainer to his father, Art Sherman, said in a news release about California Chrome's stay in Louisville, Ky., following his Derby victory. "I couldn't ask for anything more. He lost a little weight after the race but put it all back on quickly."

At this point, there are 10 likely contenders in the Preakness Stakes, nine colts and one filly.

Here's the quick rundown.

California Chrome -- The triumph during the Run for the Roses was the fifth in a row for the California-bred California Chrome. He also won the Santa Anita Derby.

Social Inclusion -- Social Inclusion had been the first horse to arrive at Pimlico for the Preakness. He worked out at the Baltimore track May 12, breezing a half-mile in 47 seconds. During his three career races, Social Inclusion had a couple of wins at Gulfsteam Park in south Florida before finishing third during the Wood Memorial.

Ride On Curlin and General a Rod -- Kentucky Derby finishers Ride On Curlin and General a Rod made the trip to Baltimore with California Chrome.

Bayern -- Bob Baffert trains Bayern, and Rosie Napravnik rides him. Baffert has won the Preakness five times. Napravnik rode Bayern during the Derby Trial and finished first, but they were taken down to second for interference in the stretch.

Dynamic Impact -- Dynamic Impact is working out at Churchill Downs. A 3-year-old, he has two wins, including the Illinois Derby.

Kid Cruz -- Kid Cruz is working out at Belmont Park in New York. Kid Cruz is the son of Lemon Drop Kid, and won a race at Laurel Park in March when he came from last in a 10-horse horse field and won by four lengths.

Ria Antonia -- The only filly in the Preakness field, Ria Antonia finished sixth in the Kentucky Oaks. Calvin Borel, a back-to-back Kentucky Derby winner in 2009 and 2010, is the jockey. Ria Antonia had two wins as a 2-year-old.

Pablo Del Monte -- Pablo Del Monte is still in Kentucky and is expected to ship to Baltimore May 14. His last win was in October as a 2-year-old.

Ring Weekend -- Ring Weekend is working out at the Fairhill Training Center in Elkton. He has a good résumé with a win in the Tampa Bay Derby and a second in the Calder Derby. He's expected at Pimlico May 15.

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