INTERVIEW: Espinoza, Sherman Look to Make History With California Chrome
It's the question everyone's been asking for the last few weeks: will California Chrome become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978? We'll find out Saturday as Victor Espinoza rides the superstar three-year-old in the Belmont Stakes.
Espinoza, who missed his chance for a Triple Crown 12 years ago when War Emblem stumbled out of the gate in the Belmont Stakes, talked to Fox and Friends this morning (video above). He recalled that War Emblem was a frontrunner who was a little bit "crazy," and needed everything to go his way to produce his best efforts.
But he says California Chrome can run from in front or from behind horses, and that his experience in 2002 taught him a lot.
"I have a few more tools with California Chrome and if I had to use it in the race, they're there for me so it's definitely different," he said.
So what are the chances of winning the mile-and-a-half marathon race? Espinoza said he just wants to let California Chrome "run his race."
One day earlier, we heard from the trainer, Art Sherman, who believes the distance of the race will be beneficial for his horse.
"The longer the distance, the better for him to be honest with you," said Sherman, who noted California Chrome looks great and has even put on some weight since the Preakness.
Watch the interview below, as Sherman talks about some of his superstitions that have paid off so far.