2014 Preakness Week

Images from the days leading up to the 2014 Preakness Stakes.

Welcome to Preakness Week

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Photo: Rick Samuels

California Chrome stayed in Kentucky after the Derby, comfortable on the Churchill Downs track.

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California Chrome

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California Chrome

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Social Inclusion arrived in Baltimore on May 8. His trainer Manny Azpurua (right) is 85 years old young.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Social Inclusion gets acquainted with the Pimlico track on May 9.

Photo: Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club

Ring Weekend had his final breeze on May 10 at Fair Hill Training Center.

Photo: Maggie Kimmitt, Herringswell Stables

Social Inclusion was out extra early on May 10, as training was limited to between 5 and 6 a.m.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

On Sunday, Social Inclusion galloped 1 1/2 miles.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Social Inclusion worked on Monday, May 12 at Pimlico, going a half mile in 47 seconds.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

California Chrome at Churchill Downs before leaving for the 2014 Preakness Stakes.

Photo: Reed Palmer/Churchill Downs

California Chrome leaves Churchill Downs.

Photo: Reed Palmer/Churchill Downs

California Chrome boarded the plane backwards, getting one last look at Kentucky.

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California Chrome settled in his stall for the flight to Baltimore.

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California Chrome arrives at Pimlico on May 12.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

General a Rod makes his first appearance at Pimlico on May 12.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

General a Rod went for a 1 1/2 mile gallop on May 13.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Kid Cruz had a routine gallop on May 13.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Ride On Curlin had a strong 1 1/8 mile gallop on May 13 under exercise rider Bryan Beccia.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland jockey Club

Billy Gowan, trainer of Ride On Curlin

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California Chrome takes his first tour of the Pimlico track on May 13.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Reunited in Baltimore, California Chrome and Art Sherman on Tuesday, May 13.

Photo: Jerry Dzierwinski, Maryland Jockey Club

Ride On Curlin worked four furlongs in :49 3/5 on May 14.

Photo: Jerry Dzierwinski, Maryland Jockey Club

General a Rod takes a spin on the Pimlico track on Wednesday.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

The Derby winner, California Chrome, had his first gallop at Pimlico on Wednesday, May 14.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Bayern arrived at Pimlico on May 14.

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Also on May 14, filly Ria Antonia arrived at Pimlico, ready to take on the boys.

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The Draw

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Art Sherman was a popular man at the Post Position Draw.

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Art Sherman reacts to California Chrome's number 3 post position.

Photo: Jerry Dzierwinski, Maryland Jockey Club

Ria Antonia heads off in the fog.

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Filly Ria Antonia has her Preakness face on.

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California Chrome navigates the fog on Thursday morning at Pimlico.

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California Chrome shares a moment with exercise rider Willie Delgado.

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Shanon Nicole ran in Friday's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

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Shanon Nicole looks at home at Pimlico.

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Social Inclusion attracts the photographers.

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Social Inclusion is all business on the track.

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and has a need for speed.

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Social Inclusion

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Pablo Del Monte skipped the Derby to concentrate on the Preakness.

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Pablo Del Monte

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Pablo Del Monte strikes a pose after his bath.

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Bayern checks out the Pimlico surface for the first time.

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Bayern

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Bayern

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Bayern

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Illinois Derby winner Dynamic Impact

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Dynamic Impact is ready for his close up.

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Dynamic Impact at Pimlico on Thursday.

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California Chrome, laughing at the competition

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It was a little wet on Friday morning, but Ring Weekend didn't seem to mind.

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Social Inclusion also braved the elements.

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Billy Gowan, trainer of Ride On Curlin, checked out the conditions.

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The first race of Black-Eyed Susan Day was the Kattegat’s Pride Starter Handicap, won by Love Heart.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Rosie Napravnik was aboard the first race winner.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Lion D N A stalked the pacesetters in the Skipat Stakes, and then went by late for the win under Joel Rosario.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Gathering for the Lady Legends for the Cure V, presented by Wells Fargo, including P.J. Cooksey, on right, Cheryl White, Abigail Fuller, Andrea Seefeldt Knight, Stacie Clark-Rogers, Tami Purcell Burkland, Kaymarie Kreidel, Jennifer Rowland Small, Barbara Jo Rubin.

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Stacie Clark-Rogers greets the crowd, with l-r, Abigail Fuller; Cheryl White, and P.J. Cooksey.

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P.J. Cooksey gives everyone a wave.

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Ms. Racing Queen, left, puts sash on racing secretary Georganne Hale and bows in salute.

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Jennifer Rowland Small

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The Lady Legends race went to Zuerstgold and Andrea Seefeldt Knight (Ziggy). The 51-year-old Maryland resident was returning to the Lady Legends event after a two-year absence.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Andrea Seefeldt Knight (Ziggy) was all smiles after the race.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Two-year-old gelding Governmentshutdown overcame a bad start to take the Rollicking Stakes for his second win in three starts.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

The Jim McKay Turf Sprint was off the turf and on the dirt.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

But the surface change mattered little to Ben's Cat, who rolled by the speed late

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to win his third Jim McKay under Julien Pimentel.

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Ben's Cat after his win.

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John Velazquez took top honors in the Xpressbet Hall of Fame Jockey Challenge.

Photo: Jerry Dzierwinski, Maryland Jockey Club

Stopchargingmaria (left) fought for the win in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II),

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getting by a stubborn Vero Amore late to take the prize.

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Stopchargingmaria and Javier Castellano moving into the Winner's Circle.

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Javier Castellano celebrating the moment.

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The happy connections of Stopchargingmaria, including trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano.

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Miss Behaviour ran away with the Miss Preakness Stakes under Sheldon Russell.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

In the early stages of the Pimlico Special (gr. III), there was no sign of Revolutionary.

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But, Revolutionary (left) was running powerfully at the end,

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and he got by Prayer for Relief for the victory under Mike Smith.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Rosie Napravnik concentrating during the running of the Pimlico Special. She finished third aboard Cat Burglar.

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The last race off the day, the Hilltop, was taken off of the turf, and Our Epiphany led from start to finish under Grant Whitacre.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

On to the Preakness, where all will be trying to catch California Chrome.

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