What could be more romantic than a local Californian wanting a chestnut Thoroughbred, costing less than $10,000 to move into the winners circle at the 2014 Belmont Stakes? That Thoroughbred being the one named California Chrome, finishing first before Ride On Curlin who finished second in the 2014 Preakness Stakes. All this after not only finishing number one in the Belmont but also in the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome outpaced the competition there as well, finishing well before Commanding Curve crossed number two in the final order of business.
In the world of Thoroughbred racing I guess the only thing left for California Chrome after a win at the Belmont Stakes would be a movie staring the beautiful chestnut colt with, I suppose Jeff Bridges training this magnificent athlete to move into winners circles using his breathe-rite strip just to stir up a little controversy for officials at the Belmont itself. I wonder if Tobey Maguire will be available to play the part of jockey Victor Espinoza?
DAP partners would love to see this movie get made. What better subtheme than turning down a multimillion dollar offer for controlling ownership in this steed instead sticking with their 77 year old trainer’s bond with this winner to move into the winners circle for the first time since 1978 becoming one of only 11 other horses to win all three races this and the past century. DAP is the acronym for dumb ass partners if you didn’t know, and that is a badge worn with pride by owners of California Chrome, Steve and Carolyn Coburn plus Perry and Denise Martin.
Probably riding along similar odds of winning the triple crown as do my Padres of winning the 2014 World Series, California Chrome will do it his way and for this local Californian who’s hoping for one more California victory this year, I can only say good luck California Chrome and let’s start talks with Jeff and Tobey soon.