Preakness Race 2014: Weather Forecast, Horse Odds and Jockey Info

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMay 17, 2014

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 15:  Exercise rider Willie Delgado takes Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome over the track in preparation for the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The entire horse racing world turns its sights to Pimlico Race Course as the 2014 Preakness Stakes is now just hours away. 

After easily pulling away from the pack to win the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome enters as the runaway favorite. Despite the fact that there aren't many familiar horses in the field from the Derby, several contenders could emerge to take the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

Before the race officially gets underway, here's a look at the odds, forecast and jockey information for Saturday's marquee race. A look at the forecast in Baltimore can be found on The Weather Channel.

 

2014 Preakness Stakes Information

WherePimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland

When: Saturday, May 17

Post Time: 6:18 p.m. ET

TV: NBC (coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. ET)

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

2014 Preakness Post Odds
PostHorseJockeyOdds
1Dynamic ImpactMiguel Mena12-1
2General a RodJavier Castellano15-1
3California ChromeVictor Espinoza3-5
4Ring WeekendAlan Garcia20-1
5BayernRosie Napravnik10-1
6Ria AntoniaCalvin Borel30-1
7Kid CruzJulian Pimentel20-1
8Social InclusionLuis Contreras5-1
9Pablo Del MonteJeffrey Sanchez20-1
10Ride On CurlinJoel Rosario10-1
Preakness.com

 

Preakness Jockey Information

Victor Espinoza (California Chrome)

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  Jockey Victor Espinoza guides California Chrome #5 to the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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After winning his second career Kentucky Derby, Victor Espinoza will look to do the same at Preakness.

Espinoza rode War Emblem in 2002 to wins in the two illustrious races before falling just short of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes. But since that point, Espinoza has rarely ridden at Pimlico, as David Grening of Daily Racing Form notes:

While he might not have as much experience as other jockeys, Espinoza does have a win at the course. The former bus driver in Mexico City also has a second-place finish with A P Valentine from 2001 at Pimlico.

The 41-year-old jockey spoke about his colt, per Jeanine Edwards of ESPN.com:

Given the fact that he has a win on a strong horse just over a decade ago, Espinoza could pull away again and be just one race away from the illusive Triple Crown.

 

Calvin Borel (Ria Antonia)

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02:  Calvin Borel the jockey of Revolutionary talks to the media during the morning training for the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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If any jockey knows what it's like to ride a filly to victory at Pimlico, it's Calvin Borel.

The legendary jockey rode Rachel Alexandra to a win in 2009, the last time a female horse won the Preakness. After an unsuccessful mount with Ride On Curlin in Louisville, Borel was given another chance, as the Lexington Herald-Leader reported earlier this week:

Borel has also taken several other horses to victory, including Mine That Bird, Street Sense and Super Saver, at the Kentucky Derby.

With his ground-saving, rail-skimming riding technique, expect Borel to give it his all with Ria Antonia. But after she was unable to finish near the top of the pack at the Kentucky Oaks, expecting the filly to win the entire race might be far-fetched.

 

Rosie Napravnik (Bayern)

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While she wasn't able to capture the Derby earlier this month, Rosie Napravnik has a much better starting point in Pimlico.

Riding Vicar's In Trouble in Louisville, Napravnik drew the unfortunate No. 1 post and stumbled out of the gate to fall to the 19th position. But leading up to the Derby, Napravnik rode Untapable to an easy win in the Kentucky Oaks.

One stroke of good luck for the rider heading into Pimlico is her post with Bayern. Starting from the No. 5 post, Bayern should be able to keep close with the pack and potentially overtake Cali Chrome for the win.

Coming in with 10-1 odds to take the coveted race, the 26-year-old jockey has a chance to win her first race in the Triple Crown. In a field with California Chrome and Social Inclusion, Napravnik will need a perfect ride to do so with Bayern.

 

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