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California Chrome looks to shine on in Preakness

California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza celebrate their victory in the 140th Kentucky Derby.
California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza celebrate their victory in the 140th Kentucky Derby.
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California Chrome’s trainer Art Sherman may be heading back to the west coast today, but the colt will remain at Churchill Downs for the next 4-5 days before being sent up to Maryland in preparation of the Preakness, where he will face a whole new crop of colts as he vies for the second jewel in Thoroughbred Racing’s Triple Crown. In fact, California Chrome is the only horse from the 140th Kentucky Derby, other than runner-up Commanding Curve, expected to compete at Pimlico on May 17th. New challengers may include Hopportunity (scratched from the Derby due to a foot ailment) Bayern (also trained by Bob Baffert), Illinois Derby winner Dynamic Impact, Pablo Del Monte, Social Inclusion (third in the Wood Memorial behind Wicked Storm), Friendswith K Mill, Twenty Percent, Kid Cruz and Ring Weekend.

California Chrome, is a dream come true for co-owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, who bred him for a mere $10,500, so much so that they turned down an offer of $6 million for 51% of the colt.

“It would have meant he would have been running in somebody else’s colors, with a new trainer, and we would have been in the background,” Coburn explained. “It wasn’t tough to say no. We have put so much blood, sweat and tears, our savings and our retirement into this horse, and we knew within our souls what kind of horse we have because we have seen him grow up.”