California Chrome Dazzles New York; Photo Gallery
California Chrome Dazzles New York Photo Gallery: Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome arrived at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 just nineteen days before the 146th Running of the Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner wowed the New York crowd as he arrived with his team (see photos below).
The crowds gathered as California Chrome paraded around the barn for fans and media. Alan Sherman commented on how much California Chrome liked the attention and is scheduled to breeze in the days before the Belmont Stakes in a press conference saying the following;
“He likes to stand out here and pose,” said assistant trainer Alan Sherman. “He loves to get his picture taken. He’s a very inquisitive horse. He’s always checking out what’s going on around him. He actually been so straightforward to train, he’s made our jobs easy.”
“This means the world to all of us,” said Alan Sherman. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s been an unbelievable ride for us. It’s hard to describe. It’s just been so much fun. This horse has taken us on the ride of our lives. This is the first time we’ve had a horse in any of these types of races. We’ve run a horse in the Breeders’ Cup but none of the Triple Crown races. I’m so proud of my dad for him to be able to do this towards the end of his career. He’s very deserving.”
“I think the industry could really use a Triple Crown winner right now, especially with a story like this,” the assistant trainer added. “This horse didn’t cost a ton of money to buy him or breed him. It’s kind of a feel-good story. This goes to show you never know what can happen in this game. This is what makes us get up every morning. You get the young horses every year and every year you hope you get a horse like this. It’s finally come our way. We’re enjoying it.”
“We’ll gallop him up to the Saturday before the Belmont and then probably breeze him an easy half-mile and then just jog and gallop into the race,” said Alan Sherman.
The Belmont Stakes is set to take place on June 7, 2014. The post position draw for the 146th Running of the Belmont Stakes will take place on Wednesday, June 4th at 11:00 am.
Belmont Stakes Contender List as of May 20, 2014
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California Chrome arrives at Belmont Park Photos, Adam Coglianese/NYRA