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History isn’t in California Chrome’s corner as he seeks final jewel of Triple Crown

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 …


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 …

California Chrome comes up short in Triple Crown bid


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.”

Chicagoan California Chrome co-owners fine in background


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 …

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.

California Chrome allowed to wear nasal strip in Belmont


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.

Triple Chrome? Preakness winner gets shot at crown in three weeks


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 …

Quick turnaround a challenge for Derby winner California Chrome


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 …

California Chrome wins the 140th Kentucky Derby


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.

Not so dumb after all


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 …

Missed Hoppertunity: Kentucky Derby’s 2nd favorite scratched


Hoppertunity, the second favorite for the Kentucky Derby, is out of the race.

Joel Quenneville’s colt, Midnight Hawk, nosed out in Illinois Derby


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, …

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 …

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.

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 …

Exotic dancer known as ‘Racetrack Rosie’


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 …