The Belmont Stakes are in five days and California Chrome remains consistent in his workout runs with jockey Jose Espinoza for the upcoming race. According to Baltimore Sun on June 1, Alan Sherman, assistant trainer and son of Art Sherman, was pleased with the colt's run.
"I couldn’t ask for anything more. He galloped out great and [we got] exactly what we wanted today," Sherman said.
On Saturday, California Chrome ran a half-mile in 47.69 seconds. He was watched by several attendees at the "Breakfast at Belmont" during his training session. They applauded him as he ran Saturday morning at about 6:30 a.m.
The winner receives $1.5 million and the bold chestnut is America's favorite to win the Triple Crown title. No other horse has won since Affirmed in 1978.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner worked at a walk on Sunday. The Belmont Stakes hopeful jogs on Monday, gallops Tuesday through Friday, and jogs once more before the 1 1/2-mile race on Saturday.
SB Nation highlights the fact that seven months ago California Chrome finished sixth in the Golden State Juvenile in Santa Anita. It was the last thing anyone imagined last November seeing the 3-year-old arrive at this point. The source adds that although he looks to be the best "on paper" to win the Belmont Stakes, it has no guarantee and he still faces odds of being the next Triple Crown winner.
The 2014 Belmont Stakes will be broadcast on NBC Saturday, June 7 from Belmont Race Track in Elmont, New York. Pre-race coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. and post time will be between 5:50 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.