The Triple crown is on and the rags to riches California Chrome fairytale goes on after Art Sherman’s colt followed up his 2014 Kentucky Derby win with success in the Preakness at Pimlico.
The last Triple Crown winner was in 1978, the mighty Affirmed. But California Chrome will go to the Belmont Stakes at the New York course of that name as a worthy favorite to etch his name in history alongside the greats of American horse racing folklore.
His Preakness win was as comfortable as that of the first leg, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Victor Espinoza repelled the late challenge of Ride On Curlin. The latter had met all sorts of trouble in running when held up a mile behind at Churchill Downs under Calvin Borel. This time Joel Rosario was in the plate and Ride On Curlin equipped himself much better but was never any serious cause for concern for the 1/2 odds-on favorite.
California Chrome who was bred from a dirt cheap mare out of an unheralded stallion, was taking his winning run to a half dozen. He is now just one race away from immortality for Sherman, his 77-year-old trainer.