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California Chrome arrives at Belmont for chance at Triple Crown

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 01:42

May 20 - With two legs of the Triple Crown under his saddle, California Chrome arrives to media frenzy at New York's Belmont Park. Mana Rabiee reports.

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California Chrome arrived at New York's Belmont racetrack on Monday. The three-year-old has won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Now, he needs to win the Belmont Stakes on June 7 to complete racing's elusive Triple Crown. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TRAINER ALAN SHERMAN SAYING: "It's hard to describe. It's just been so much fun. This horse has just taken us on the ride of our life. First time we've ever had a horse in any of these types of races. We've run on the Breeder's Cup but never the Triple Crown races. It means a whole lot." Only eleven horses have ever claimed the coveted Triple Crown. And none since 1978. Race fans hope California Chrome will end the 36-year drought. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TRAINER ALAN SHERMAN SAYING: "I think the industry could really use a Triple Crown winner right now, especially with a story like this horse has, you know. Didn't cost a ton of money to buy or to breed him. It's just kind of a feel good story. It just goes to show you never know what could happen in this game. That's what makes us get up every morning. When we get the young horses in every year you hope that this is the year you get a horse like this and it's finally come our way so we're enjoying it." But there's a REASON the Triple Crown is elusive. A dozen horses before California Chrome have won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness since 1978. None also won the Belmont. It's the longest, most grueling, of the three races. But maybe, just maybe, this chestnut colt, whose mother cost only $8,000, will surprise his owners, and his fans, and do what no other horse has done in decades.

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California Chrome arrives at Belmont for chance at Triple Crown

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 01:42