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California Chrome takes his first training run at Belmont

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 01:26

May 21 - Race horse California Chrome goes for his first training session at Belmont Park as he prepares for his Triple Crown run. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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STORY: Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome took his first trot around the track at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York on Wednesday (May 21) to begin his preparations for the Belmont Stakes. The big chestnut colt was out on the track early for a slow trot and then had a gentle wash down. California Chrome has been thrust into the spotlight after winning the first two legs of American horse racing's Triple Crown - the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. He now just needs to win the $1.5 million (USD) Belmont Stakes to complete the elusive treble that only 11 horses before him have managed to achieve and none since Affirmed since 1978. For American race fans, the long wait has been unbearable and they see California Chrome as the perfect fairytale horse to break the drought. In a sport where regally bred horses change hands for millions of dollars, California Chrome has defied the odds. Modestly bred for just $10,500 by two blue-collar workers who are new to racing, he is trained by a 77-year-old who was an exercise rider for the 1955 Kentucky Derby winner Swaps and is ridden by a Mexican who worked as a bus driver before becoming a jockey. California Chrome will almost start as favorite although the odds are stacked against him after most of his biggest dangers took a break after the Kentucky Derby to keep fresh for the final leg.

California Chrome takes his first training run at Belmont

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 01:26

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