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.
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.
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.
Watch the Preakness Stakes post race press conference featuring the connections of California Chrome. watch video
Watch the Preakness Stakes post race press conference featuring the connections of California Chrome.
View Preakness Stakes 139 from paddock to press conference as California Chrome takes the second jewel of the Triple Crown! view slideshow
California Chrome and Victor Espinoza enter the Preakness winner's circle. Watch Video
Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's California Chrome kept his Triple Crown hopes alive with a smooth trip victory in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course May 17.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome exits the Pimlico winner's circle after becoming the first Cal-bred to win two legs of the Triple Crown.
California Chrome and Victor Espinoza enter the Preakness winner's circle.
California Chrome's regular pilot Victor Espinoza has been here before, and he's not concerned about having a target on his back in the 2014 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
California Chrome splashed his way around a sloppy main track at Pimlico Race Course the morning of May 16 and was proclaimed ready to go for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) the following day.
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The $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course will provide a joyous homecoming for Willie Delgado, the exercise rider of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome.
Watch the connections of the Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome discuss their victory. watch video
One day after saddling California Chrome to win the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Art Sherman was still absorbing the magnitude of the achievement.
View the unfolding of California Chrome's victory in the Kentucky Derby!
Favored California Chrome took command at the head of the lane and drew well clear to win the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Maybe California Chrome felt the needed boost of Art Sherman's old-time mount in the final furlong of the longest race of his life on Saturday, maybe he got there on heart and class alone.
Recovering jockey Jose Espinoza has been empowered by his younger brother's victory in the Kentucky Derby with California Chrome.
The Kentucky Derby winner returns after victory under Victor Espinoza, and is greeted by assistant Allan Sherman. watch video
The Kentucky Derby winner returns after victory under Victor Espinoza, and is greeted by assistant Allan Sherman.
Learn more about California Chrome and the journey that brought him to the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). watch video
California-based jockey will use his experience in five previous Derbys to help California Chrome wear the roses.
Improving Awesome Return took control in the stretch and held sway in the final furlong to earn his first stakes win in the $250,000 Snow Chief, the featured event on the California Gold Rush day card at Santa Anita April 26.
California Chrome, early favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) took another step forward when he cruised four furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters the morning of April 19 in :47 4/5.
Every time he runs, California Chrome is more impressive than his last start, and the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 5 was no exception.
California Chrome and Candy Boy, the two favorites for the upcoming $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), both turned in final major drills March 29 for their highly anticipated meeting.
Following a dazzling win from California Chrome in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 8 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Art Sherman says he can concentrate on the best way to get to this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Favored California Chome proved he belongs on the Triple Crown trail with a front-running stampede to victory in the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 8 at gleaming Santa Anita Park.
California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at Los Alamitos March 2 in preparation for the upcoming San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park. Jockey Victor Espinoza was aboard.
Steven Coburn and Martin Perry's homebred California Chrome galloped in the $250,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita Park Jan. 25, easily outdistancing 9-5 favorite Tamarando as he powered away from all the rest.
Spellbound made trainer Richard Mandella's quick cross-country trip worthwhile when she came from far out of it to capture the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) by a neck at 16-1 odds Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park.
Echoing crowds of yesteryear and making one last memory, fans flocked into Betfair Hollywood Park for a final time Dec. 22. They were there until the lights went out on the Track of Lakes and Flowers.
Full Ransom, given a patient ride by Victor Espinoza, rallied from fifth near mid-stretch to score a 12-1 upset in the $100,000 Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-old fillies on the Betfair Hollywood Park turf Nov. 30.
A drop from grade I competition paid off for Emotional Kitten, who came roaring down the stretch to sweep past outsider Effie Trinket and win the $205,100 Mrs. Revere Stakes for 3-year-old fillies the night of Nov. 16.
Ridden with confidence by jockey Victor Espinoza, Bajan, the 4-5 favorite, responded with a decisive victory in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes Nov. 9 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Favored Vagabond Shoes, circling the field under Victor Espinoza, reached the lead in deep stretch to edge Lucayan by a neck in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 24 on the turf.
Kettle Corn came from off the pace to win the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. III), spoiling the return of Paynter to graded stakes competition July 27 at Del Mar.
Centralinteligence could be bound for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) after he swept past pacesetter Comma to the Top en route to his first stakes win June 29 in the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
Jockey Victor Espinoza earned the 3,000th victory of his career when favored Flashy Delight easily won the fourth race May 31 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Bright Thought, a scintillating 3 1/4-length winner of the $150,000 San Luis Rey Stakes going 1 1/2 miles on turf March 16, has established a new world record time of 2:22.72, according to the American Racing Manual.
Bright Thought, making his graded stakes debut, pulled away in the stretch to capture the $150,750 San Luis Rey (gr. IIT) in course record time on the turf March 16 at Santa Anita Park.
Jockey Victor Espinoza put favored Teddy's Promise on the outside where she likes to be and the daughter of Salt Lake did the rest, rolling to an easy victory in the $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
The $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. III) ended tragically for the victorious Bobina, who broke down a stride past the wire and was euthanized May 5 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Setsuko, gearing up for his expected rematch with Game On Dude in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), drilled seven furlongs handily over the track in a sizzling 1:23 4/5 for trainer Richard Mandella Feb. 24.
She had never won a stakes race, but you could never have guessed it watching Teddy's Promise pull away from the field to easily capture the $300,000 La Brea (gr. I) at Santa Anita Dec. 31.
Star Billing, advancing along the inside for Victor Espinoza, edged away from front-running Summer Soiree for her first grade I victory in the $250,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 25.
Celtic New Year, coming from off the pace, got through an opening in the stretch and held off heavy favorite Bourbon Bay and Imponente Purse in a tight finish in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf Aug. 28.
Jockey Victor Espinoza, who pledged to donate his earnings for the week of Aug. 10-14 to assist Southern California racetrack grooms, has presented a $10,000 check to the California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation.
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