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ELMONT, N.Y. — California Chrome already is a giant, in reputation and in stature. One Belmont Stakes victory Saturday from capturing the first Triple Crown since 1978, the horse has gained 30 pounds of muscle — having “not missed an oat,” assistant trainer Alan Sherman said — during his magical five-week run. On North America’s longest dirt track, though, he seems so small. “Your horse looks like an ant on the other end of the track,” Sherman said. California Chrome “acclimated better than I did” this week, Sherman said, to the 1 ½-mile track ­locals call “The Big Sandy:” Still, there’s … ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 06:15:36 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27918367-419/history-isnt-in-california-chromes-corner-as-he-seeks-final-jewel-of-triple-crown.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27918367-419/history-isnt-in-california-chromes-corner-as-he-seeks-final-jewel-of-triple-crown.html <![CDATA[ California Chrome co-owner apologizes for outburst ]]>

NEW YORK — California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn has apologized for his bitter remarks after his horse failed to win the Triple Crown. On ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, Coburn says he was “very ashamed of myself. Very ashamed. I need to apologize to a lot of people, including my wife, Carolyn.” She tried to intervene as Saturday’s interview got out of control. He also apologized to the connections of winning horse Tonalist, saying: “I did not mean to take anything away from them.” On Saturday, he had said that Tonalist took “the coward’s way out” by skipping the … ]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:00:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27971651-419/california-chrome-co-owner-apologizes-for-outburst.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27971651-419/california-chrome-co-owner-apologizes-for-outburst.html <![CDATA[ California Chrome comes up short in Triple Crown bid ]]> Lead story image

The Triple Crown will go another year unclaimed. California Chrome, the 4-5 favorite at post time to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, finished tied for fourth in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, leaving a crowd packed shoulder-to-shoulder standing in stunned silence. “I noticed something,” California Chrome jockey Victor Espinoza said. “As soon as he come out of the gate, he was not the same.” ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:35:10 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27938398-419/california-chrome-comes-up-short-in-triple-crown-bid.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27938398-419/california-chrome-comes-up-short-in-triple-crown-bid.html <![CDATA[ Chicagoan California Chrome co-owners fine in background ]]> Lead story image

ELMONT, N.Y. — The smell — of hay and horse and the byproduct of both — grew stronger as they inched closer to Maywood Park. As first dates went, watching harness racing was a strange one. But on a summer evening in 1985, there might have been nothing Perry Martin loved more than horses. He got hooked at Arlington Park as a boy, disappearing to the track more once he got his driver’s license. At 29, Martin was teaching physics and working part-time loading trucks at UPS when he met Denise. It would have seemed preposterous, had you told them … ]]> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 17:22:37 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27898147-419/chicagoan-california-chrome-co-owners-fine-in-background.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27898147-419/chicagoan-california-chrome-co-owners-fine-in-background.html <![CDATA[ California Chrome draws No. 2 post for Belmont Stakes ]]>

California Chrome drew the No. 2 post in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday as he seeks to become the first horse since 1978 to win horse racing’s Triple Crown. ]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:33:51 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27868865-419/california-chrome-draws-no-2-post-for-belmont-stakes.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27868865-419/california-chrome-draws-no-2-post-for-belmont-stakes.html <![CDATA[ California Chrome allowed to wear nasal strip in Belmont ]]> Lead story image

California Chrome will be allowed to wear a nasal strip at the Belmont Stakes on June 7, keeping alive his chance to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. ]]> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:24:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27541460-419/california-chrome-allowed-to-wear-nasal-strip-in-belmont.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27541460-419/california-chrome-allowed-to-wear-nasal-strip-in-belmont.html <![CDATA[ Triple Chrome? Preakness winner gets shot at crown in three weeks ]]> Lead story image

BALTIMORE — California Chrome repelled one challenger and then put away another in the stretch to win the Preakness on Saturday, setting up a Triple Crown try in three weeks. The chestnut colt with four white feet will attempt to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, something that hasn’t been done since Affirmed in 1978. Since then, 12 horses have won the first two legs and failed to complete the sweep. The last was I’ll Have Another, who was scratched on the eve of the ­Belmont two years ago. Maybe the horse with the modest pedigree and average … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:01:27 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27510473-419/triple-chrome-preakness-winner-gets-shot-at-crown-in-three-weeks.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27510473-419/triple-chrome-preakness-winner-gets-shot-at-crown-in-three-weeks.html <![CDATA[ Quick turnaround a challenge for Derby winner California Chrome ]]> Lead story image

After California Chrome’s victory in the Kentucky Derby as the favorite, the California colt will be running in the Preakness with a bulls-eye on his back. Trainer Art Sherman hopes that California Chrome can replicate his victory at Pimlico next weekend with a chance to capture the Triple Crown three weeks later in the ­Belmont Stakes. About nine horses are expected for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness, less than the maximum of 14. The race last drew a full field in 2005. The purse has been boosted to $1.5 million, the first increase since 1998. California Chrome takes a five-race winning streak … ]]> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:27:33 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27347244-419/quick-turnaround-a-challenge-for-derby-winner-california-chrome.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27347244-419/quick-turnaround-a-challenge-for-derby-winner-california-chrome.html <![CDATA[ California Chrome wins the 140th Kentucky Derby ]]> Lead story image

Taking charge at the top of the lane, California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza made a decisive move and quickly sprinted clear. The 5-2 favorite stretched his winning streak to five, and Art Sherman became the oldest winning Derby trainer at 77. ]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:34:58 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27184476-419/california-chrome-wins-the-140th-kentucky-derby.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27184476-419/california-chrome-wins-the-140th-kentucky-derby.html <![CDATA[ Not so dumb after all ]]> Lead story image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The owners of California Chrome are putting all their hopes into the chestnut colt to win the Kentucky Derby. After all, he’s the only horse they own. California Chrome, based at lesser-known Los Alamitos racetrack in suburban Los Angeles, is the early 5-2 favorite for Saturday’s 140th Derby with good reason. He has won four straight races by a combined 24¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza, who won the Derby in 2002 with War Emblem. ‘‘He’s so light on his feet,’’ Espinoza said. ‘‘He just does things so easy and makes my job easy.’’ California Chrome’s owners, Steve … ]]> Sat, 03 May 2014 17:02:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27202388-419/not-so-dumb-after-all.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27202388-419/not-so-dumb-after-all.html <![CDATA[ Missed Hoppertunity: Kentucky Derby’s 2nd favorite scratched ]]> Lead story image

Hoppertunity, the second favorite for the Kentucky Derby, is out of the race. ]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 11:14:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27171634-419/missed-hoppertunity-kentucky-derbys-2nd-favorite-scratched.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/27171634-419/missed-hoppertunity-kentucky-derbys-2nd-favorite-scratched.html <![CDATA[ Joel Quenneville’s colt, Midnight Hawk, nosed out in Illinois Derby ]]> Lead story image

Odds-on favorite Midnight Hawk was run down in a sizzling stretch duel by Dynamic Impact, who won the Grade III $500,000 Illinois Derby by a nose in a photo finish Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. Ridden by Miguel Mena and sent off at 9-1 odds, Dynamic Impact covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.07 on a fast track from Post 1. Irish You Well, a maiden, finished third. The 57th running of the Illinois Derby featured a field of eight 3-year-olds. “Nobody chased the favorite, so I had to go and put some pressure on him,” Mena said. Midnight Hawk, the 2-5 … ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:45:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/26942691-419/joel-quennevilles-colt-midnight-hawk-nosed-out-in-illinois-derby.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/26942691-419/joel-quennevilles-colt-midnight-hawk-nosed-out-in-illinois-derby.html <![CDATA[ Joel Quenneville’s Midnight Hawk favored to win Illinois Derby ]]>

Joel Quenneville will step off the Blackhawks’ team charter Saturday night and meet his fellow Midnight Hawk owners for dinner. The coach hopes to celebrate two victories — a road triumph by his Blackhawks over the Blues in Game 2 of their playoff series, and a win by Midnight Hawk in the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday afternoon. “Like Joel said, ‘There’d be nothing like that Daily Double,’ ” co-owner Mike Tice said. The 3-year-old is the morning-line favorite among eight horses in the Grade III, $500,000 Derby, which spans 1 1/8 miles. Tice, who befriended Quenne­ville as … ]]> Tue, 20 May 2014 06:14:05 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/26925351-419/joel-quennevilles-midnight-hawk-favored-to-win-illinois-derby.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/26925351-419/joel-quennevilles-midnight-hawk-favored-to-win-illinois-derby.html <![CDATA[ Horse put down, 2 jockeys hurt after collision ]]>

A spokesman for a downstate Illinois racetrack says two jockeys were injured when racehorses collided and one of animals had to be euthanized. ]]> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:28:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/22211015-419/horse-put-down-2-jockeys-hurt-after-collision.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/22211015-419/horse-put-down-2-jockeys-hurt-after-collision.html <![CDATA[ Foreign horses prominent on Million Day ]]>

Barn 28 sits on the southwest edge of Arlington Park, as far as one can trot without leaving the racetrack complex. Overseas horses flew to the United States about a week ago, spent two days in quarantine and moved into Barn 28, apart from their American foes in the Arlington Million. It feels like home. “You see the staff and the trainers from back in England,” Jane Chapple-Hyam, Mull of Killough’s trainer, said Friday. “Everyone mucks in, and helps each other.” The odds are good a foreign horse will clip-clop back to Barn 28 on Saturday with the Million prize. … ]]> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 06:14:09 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/21978302-419/foreign-horses-prominent-on-million-day.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/21978302-419/foreign-horses-prominent-on-million-day.html <![CDATA[ Exotic dancer known as ‘Racetrack Rosie’ ]]> Lead story image

There were two things that kept 8-year-old Rosemarie Black going after her mother died and left her alone in a small Mississippi town with an alcoholic father who raged at her and anyone who he thought crossed him. One was the knowledge that she had brothers in Chicago, where she hoped to escape. Another was the little cowgirl outfit hand-sewn for her by a kind neighbor. “She used to dress up and imagine herself somewhere else,” said her daughter, Rochelle Hill. Mrs. Black would become one of Chicago’s most bodacious characters, a burlesque queen who performed for more than 40 … ]]> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:13:11 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/21413917-418/exotic-dancer-known-as-racetrack-rosie.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/21413917-418/exotic-dancer-known-as-racetrack-rosie.html