California Chrome was the best 3-year-old thoroughbred in America going into the Kentucky Derby. He was the best at Churchill Downs. And now he's the 2014 Preakness Stakes champion after distancing himself from Saturday's 10-horse field.
California Chrome may be a heavier Preakness favorite than Orb was a year ago. But turns of fortune are swift and unpredictable in thoroughbred racing, even for the champions who appear least vulnerable.