Preakness 2014.

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  • RachelRachel Member
    Another shot of Hes Achance. Great leaping stride, he could be great for another career lol
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  • RachelRachel Member
    edited May 2014
    Ride On Curlin first time by. Hes making a name for himself, he was gutsy
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  • RachelRachel Member
    more of Hes Achance
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  • I think they need a bigger shadow roll on his noseband!
  • i never even knew that he wore the nasal strips until before the preakness but i still cant tell that he is wearing one
  • RachelRachel Member
    its cuz it blends in so well with his blaze. hes worn it since his 6 race win streak back in Santa Anita.
  • haha yes it does. I know that he wears them but during the races i totally forget because it blends in so well. haha
  • From Southern California Horse Racing facebook: Thoughts and Observations on the 2014 Preakness Stakes: Following California's Chrome Kentucky Derby triumph, everyone eagerly waited over the next two weeks for the Preakness Stakes. The question on everyone's mind going into the race was would the colt's remarkable story continue, or would one of his opponents halt his bid for the Triple Crown.

    After a thrilling race, that question was answered.

    California Chrome would not be denied this past Saturday, taking over at the top of the stretch with a brilliant surge of acceleration en route to victory at Pimlico.

    This year's Preakness was an interesting race. Like the Kentucky Derby, there were plenty of stories going into the event. Some developed as the race unfolded, and some came about after its conclusion.

    Let's take a moment to go over some thoughts and observations on the second jewel of the Triple Crown.


    That was a good break from the gate by California Chrome, and Victor Espinoza deserves kudos for getting the colt in a good tracking spot early. Some were concerned that California Chrome would get stuck on the inside at the beginning of the race and compromise his chances for winning.
    The Preakness was similar to the Kentucky Derby in terms of how the race set up for California Chrome. He was in a good position early, staying behind the leaders. He did get a quicker pace this time, which was expected.
    That sudden acceleration from California Chrome is something to behold.
    While the pace was quicker than the Derby like everyone believed, not many expected Ria Antonia and Pablo Del Monte to be up front. And Social Inclusion was not a factor for the lead, either.
    Ride On Curlin ran a big race following what was a tough Kentucky Derby for him. He was expected to rebound, and did just that, coming home a fine second after being wide throughout.
    More than one person likely thought Ride On Curlin might overtake California Chrome in the stretch, but the latter proved game. He was battle tested in more than one race before the Derby, and it showed in the Preakness. He was challenged down the backstretch, but he dug in and didn't give up then, either.
    He is a lightly raced colt, but the connections of Social Inclusion should be proud of his 3rd place effort.
    The race was one to forget for Bayern. He had trouble from the opening of the gates, and was wide throughout, and also steadied at one point. This is just a race one will draw a line through.
    General a Rod was once again unlucky. He got shuffled back in the far turn, but continued on and eventually took fourth place.
    General a Rod made up two positions from the stretch point of call to the finish. No one else made up more than one.
    According to the Equibase race chart, two horses made up 2 1/2 lengths from the stretch point of call to the finish, which was the most in that segment of the race. General a Rod and Kid Cruz were the equines who accomplished that.
    It was not a good day for the females in the Preakness. Linda Rice's colt, Kid Cruz, was eighth. Rosie Napravnik finished 9th aboard Bayern, and Ria Antonia came home 10th.
    Seeing Steve Coburn's reaction after California Chrome won the Preakness and his thanking of Pimlico and getting choked up was one of the most touching moments in racing in recent memory.
    Southern California news programs covered the Preakness and the reaction of fans at Santa Anita when California Chrome won the Preakness. Seeing a large crowd at the Great Race Place cheering on the local hero is truly exciting.
    For those who wondered what it was like to watch the Preakness at Los Alamitos, track announcer Ed Burgart summed it up on the Thoroughbred Los Angeles radio show on Sunday morning. Burgart watched the race from his office at the track, and he wrote on Twitter that the tunnel by his office began to shake when the horses came down the stretch. That was not because of an earthquake. That was just cheering from the crowd for California Chrome. What a moment that had to be for Burgart and for the track.

    The 2014 Preakness was one to remember. Now, the Belmont awaits.
  • Another shot of Hes Achance. Great leaping stride, he could be great for another career lol
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    II'll be surprised if one of the Hes Achance photos Does Not win an Eclipse Award. Just phenomenal photography.
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