California Chrome's Incredible Run For The Triple Crown
All eyes will be on California Chrome Saturday as he attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. Ainsley Earhardt met with the team behind "America’s horse."
California Chrome ’s owner Steve Coburn and his business partner Perry Martin never imagined their investment would pay off. They bought the horse for about $10,000 knowing the horse’s pedigree was notably unremarkable. Chrome’s parents Lucky Pulpit and Love the Chase were modest race horses. Chrome heads into the Belmont Stakes with earnings of up to $3.4 million.
“We’ve got a horse that has taken us to places we’ve never been before,” said Coburn. “It’s kind of surreal. Everything this horse has done for us and for the American people, he’s become America’s horse.”
Coburn credits his success to faith, luck and superstition. He has worn the same clothes, shoes and hat to every race so far. Chrome’s trainer Art Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza are feeling confident about Chrome’s chances. “I’m more excited than nervous,” Espinoza said. “I’m ready to go. Like everyone else, I think we’ll win.”
California Chrome drew post two at Belmont and that stall has produced 11 Belmont winners since 1905.