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California Chrome is honored at state capitol

In a first-ever resolution by the California legislature, a declaration was passed honoring the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome. Both the California State Senate and House resolved to salute the famous racehorse, his human connections and the state’s horse racing industry.

California Chrome is thoroughly checked out after Belmont Stakes in June 2014
California Chrome is thoroughly checked out after Belmont Stakes in June 2014
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
California Chrome's front hoof injury is tended on June 7 in racehorse barn after Belmont Stakes running
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The legislators welcomed the horse’s breeders/co-owners with a welcome suitable for heroes.

Steve and Carolyn Coburn and Perry and Denise Martin arrived with their stunning Derby and Preakness trophies since they could not easily bring the honoree, California Chrome. The majority of the legislators had never personally seen the trophies.

Said California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association lobbyist Robyn Black,

This is California; they get to see celebrities and sports stars (quite often at the Capitol), but they're really excited about this horse. It's very, very cool.

Black worked hard to get the resolution passed. She added,

It's important to acknowledge and remind people of the rich history of California racing. It's not only about this wonderful horse, but a celebration of racing today in California.

Statistics show that horse racing provides over 50,000 California jobs for people. This tribute to Chrome also gives recognition to California’s $2.5 billion racing industry.

Many legislators enjoyed the day’s events. They acknowledged that they are proud of the superstar colt and his achievements. Chrome is the only California-bred to win two jewels of the Triple Crown.

The co-owners said they were truly honored by the warm welcome and accolade. The trophies have been brought to the California State Museum to become part of a tribute display to open in November, to coincide with the Grade I Breeders’ Cup in Santa Anita.

Carolyn Coburn said,

People just love the horse. Everybody is so proud of what he's done.

California Chrome is currently stabled in Orange County.

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