Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome, hailed as a modern-day Seabiscuit, won the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore on Saturday with a burst at the homestretch — moving a step closer to the illustrious and elusive Triple Crown.
He finished the race in 1:54, winning the Preakness by one-and-a-half lengths.
With Victor Espinoza riding, California Chrome held off a hard-charging Ride On Curlin to take the second jewel in the Triple Crown.
Social Inclusion finished third.
The colt won the Kentucky Derby on May 3, and if he wins at the Belmont Stakes in New York, he’ll be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Of the 38 horses that took both the Derby and Preakness, only 11 went on to win in the Belmont.