Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome heads into the 2014 Preakness Stakes as the favorite to win at Pimlico Race Course, and the colt currently has 2-1 odds to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, according to Bovada. The odds for the horse to fall short are currently at 1-3.
California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby rather handily, taking control down the stretch run and winning by 1¾ lengths. Prior to his victory at Churchill Downs, California Chrome had won his previous four starts by a combined 24½ lengths.
California Chrome did have a health scare earlier in the week when a blister was discovered in his throat after he was heard coughing. However, the colt got through a test run on a sloppy track just fine on Friday and has been deemed fit to race.
California Chrome is currently a 3-5 favorite to win the Preakness, and his biggest challenger may be from Social Inclusion, who's at 5-1. Social Inclusion didn't race in the Kentucky Derby and dealt with a foot bruise in early May, but he has won two out of his three races and is ready to go for Saturday.