Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome gets a bath on Friday, May 30, 2014. Watch Video
California breeders and the state's entire racing industry could not find a better horse to carry the brand. Or a better name to increase their visibility.
It's time to remind breeders and broadcasters alike that stamina still exists in America and remains an essential part of breeding classic winners.
California Chrome isn't likely to run a clunker in the Belmont Stakes, but the distance could be a key factor, say rival trainers Billy Gowan and Dallas Stewart.
The William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park appears to be the next major target for Wildcat Red as the colt completes his recovery from scrapes received during a troubled Kentucky Derby run.
In preparations similar to trainer Nick Zito's handling of Birdstone between his off-the-board Kentucky Derby (gr. I) finish and his victory in the 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Wicked Strong appears to be progressing.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome schooled in the Belmont Park paddock for the first time May 29 before proceeding to gallop two miles on the main track.
Josie Delfino, owner of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) entrant Wildcat Red is the latest industry member to speak out about her recent experience at Churchill Downs.
Connections of Triple Crown winners Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed talked May 27 about California Chrome, his connections, and his chances in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Eddie Espinoza will be cheering a little louder than anyone else for California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). If the colt becomes the first horse to sweep the Triple Crown in 36 years, Espinoza will win $1 million.
California Chrome's quest for the elusive Triple Crown has resulted in the NBC Sports Group doubling the number of hours it will devote to the 146th Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
A European racing experience, an exotic tropical vacation, and field-level box seats to the World Series are among the auction items included in this year's Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome May 28 picked back up where he left off the previous day, showing the same eagerness he displayed when galloping his customary two-mile circuit.
Owner Spendthrift Farm said May 27 that Medal Count, a troubled eighth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is being pointed to the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 7.
The connections of Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed all feel Chrome is the one.
Victor Espinoza has been a model of consistency aboard California Chrome, but Belmont Park presents unique challenges during the running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), said NYRA analyst and retired rider Richard Migliore.
Triple Crown contender California Chrome had his connections raving about his form following his two-mile gallop May 27 at Belmont Park.
Starlight Racing's Intense Holiday has been retired from racing because of a condylar fracture. The Risen Star Stakes winner had been preparing for a start in the Belmont Stakes when the injury was detected May 25.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, whose Danza was third in the Kentucky Derby, has purchased Coolmore and partners' Peter Pan fourth-place finisher Matterhorn.
Assistant trainer Alan Sherman declared "all systems go" for Triple Crown contender California Chrome after watching the 3-year-old colt gallop two miles at Belmont Park shortly after 6 a.m. (EDT) May 26.
Triple Crown candidate California Chrome "trained like a monster" the morning of May 25 as he continued his preparations for the upcoming $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Intense Holiday was taken out of consideration for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after being diagnosed with a condylar fracture following a May 25 workout for the $1.5 million classic.
Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) winner Tonalist took to the Belmont Park track early the morning of May 25, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.66 in preparation for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
As Triple Crown contender California Chrome went about his daily routine May 24 in preparation for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), a sizable field was shaping up to challenge the colt in the 1 1/2-mile race.
Honoring the eleven horses who have captured the Triple Crown. View Slideshow
Several horses slated to challenge dual classic winner California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7 are scheduled to breeze this weekend at Belmont Park.
Triple Crown contender California Chrome was unfazed the morning of May 23 when he encountered an opossum that decided to cross the main track at Belmont Park near the end of the colt's daily gallop.
Fostering a superstition born on the first stop of the Triple Crown, Belmont Park presented the connections of California Chrome with two saddlecloths upon his arrival.
Many of the leading contenders in this year's Test of the Champion have pedigrees that are so contradictory, it is difficult to say with any conviction who can and cannot get the distance. read blog
The son of an $8,000 mare and a stallion that stood for $2,500 in the year of his conception, the flashy chestnut became the first California-bred since Decidedly in 1962 to win the Run for the Roses.
Alan Sherman talks about how California Chrome is adjusting to the track at Belmont, and reflects on his own memories of previous Triple Crown races. Video courtesy of NYRA. watch video
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve, second in the Kentucky Derby last out, breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs May 23 as he continues to prepare for the upcoming Belmont Stakes.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome had his first gallop around Belmont Park's 1 1/2-mile oval May 22, going out on a sloppy track shortly after 6 a.m. with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome set foot on the Belmont Park main track for the first time May 21, leisurely jogging once around the 1 1/2-mile course with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard.
The New York State Gaming Commission and New York Racing Association has announced enhanced security protocols for horses running in the four $1 million-plus grade 1 stakes races on Belmont Stakes day, June 7.
NBC Sports has announced its lineup of coverage for June 6-7 in conjunction with the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), in which California Chrome will shoot for the Triple Crown.
Trainer Todd Pletcher was dissatisfied with how Danza emerged from his workout on Sunday at Belmont Park. The colt will be sent to Payton Training Center in Ocala for diagnostics and time off.
Derby and Preakness winner who will attempt to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner June 7 in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park arrived at the Elmont, N.Y. track May 20.
A Triple Crown title seems well within his reach. read blog
Once again, we have reached the gates of the pantheon. Beyond beckons the ghosts of Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, Citation, and the seven other Triple Crown winners who have attained immortality. read blog
California Chrome, who will try to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 7, walked the shedrow May 19 in the Preakness stakes barn first with Alan Sherman and then with Raul Rodriguez.
New York Racing Association stewards ruled May 19 that the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) winner will be allowed to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7.
Relive California Chrome's victory in the 2014 Preakness Stakes. See where your favorite horse was at six points of the race with our interactive slideshow. view slideshow
Evan Hammonds thought one of California Chrome's moves during the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) reminded him of a move by Seattle Slew during the 1977 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). What do you think? watch video
Jockey Victor Espinoza received a hero's welcome May 18 at Santa Anita Park upon his return from his 1 1/2-length win in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) a day earlier aboard superstar California Chrome.
The connections of California Chrome have asked New York regulators and stewards for permission to race the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes with a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes.
Watch the Preakness Stakes post race press conference featuring the connections of California Chrome. watch video
Claire Novaks gives a brief update on California Chrome, Ride On Curlin, and mentions Art Sherman saying to 'bring on the Triple Crown.' watch video
The Maryland Jockey Club reported record attendance for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) program as well as an increase in total wagering from 2013.
The morning of May 18 was time for Art Sherman to check his horse and relive the thrill of California Chrome's Preakness victory, while trainer Billy Gowan was all smiles about a runner-up finish from Ride On Curlin.
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