Kentucky Derby champion California Chrome is the prohibitive favorite to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. He was announced as the favorite at 3-5 odds Tuesday evening at the post position draw.
If California Chrome wins at Pimlico as he is favored to do, he will become the sixth horse since 2002 to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown and the first since I'll Have Another did so in 2012.
Twelve horses have won the first two races since 1978, when Affirmed became the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
The second favorite is Social Inclusion, coming in at 5-1 odds starting near the outside in the No. 8 gate.
Ride On Curlin, the horse that finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby starting in the second-most outside gate, is at 10-1 odds after drawing the furthest outside post for the Preakness, the No. 10 gate. Joel Rosario will ride Ride On Curlin in the Preakness after Calvin Borel rode him in the Kentucky Derby.
Bayern, starting in the No. 5 post, is also at 10-1 odds. He did not start in the Kentucky Derby; he finished first in the Derby Stakes Trial at Churchill Downs on April 26 but was placed second because of interference. Bayern's trainer is Bob Baffert, who has won the Preakness six times. His last Preakness win was in 2010 with Lookin At Lucky.
Below are the odds for each of the 10 horses in the race, ordered by starting gate.
1. Dynamic Impact, 12-1
2. General A Rod, 15-1
3. California Chrome, 3-5
4. Ring Weekend, 20-1
5. Bayern, 10-1
6. Ria Antonia, 30-1
7. Kid Cruz, 20-1
8. Social Inclusion, 5-1
9. Pablo Del Monte, 20-1
10. Ride On Curlin, 10-1