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Triple Crown winners root for Chrome

California Chrome outside his stall at Belmont Park hopes to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner
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Patricia Wolfson and Steve Cauthen are excited about finally being able to relinquish their titles as “the last Triple Crown winners” pro

Representatives of the last three Triple Crown winners are expected to be on hand at the Belmont Stakes next weekend as California Chrome makes his bid to join their ranks. In fact, Patricia Wolfson (owner) and Steve Cauthen (jockey) are looking forward to relinquishing their titles of “The Last Triple Crown Winners,” after holding them for 36 years.

“I think having a horse like California Chrome going for it is wonderful. I think he has the potential to be a great horse and we’ll be cheering him on, and I hope Belmont Park echoes with the same deafening cheers that greeted us when Affirmed won back in 1978,” stated Wolfson, who co-owned the colt with her late husband Louis.

“California Chrome looks like a freak who can probably do things beyond his breeding. I’m pretty optimistic he has a great chance to pull it off. But Big Brown looked like a lock, so you never know,” added Cauthen, who was just 18 when he rode Affirmed into the history books. He had high praise for Chrome’s jockey Victor Espinoza and his affinity with his mount. Cauthen will be on hand to sign autographs at the Belmont along side Ron Turcotte, who rode the great Secretariat, and Jean Cruget who rode. Seattle Slew.

Also expected to be on hand to cheer California Chrome on will be Slew’s trainer Billy Turner, who has been based at Belmont for the past 40 years, and “the first lady of racing,” Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s owner, now 92, who will be making her way from Colorado.

“I wasn’t going to come because I’m getting up in years,” she stated. “But if this horse wins the Triple Crown, I want to be there.”

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