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California Chrome: How would a Triple Crown victory impact SoCal horse racing?




California Chrome #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
California Chrome #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, and the last victory was over thirty years ago. This year, California Chrome has a shot at the crown -- he’ll race in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday alongside 10 other horses.

California Chrome is coming off impressive victories in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, and has 3-5 odds in the Belmont Stakes. Excitement about a potential Triple Crown winner is at a peak in the racing community and beyond, Chrome’s trainer Art Sherman is predicting a win for the horse and jockey Victor Espinoza.

What goes into a Triple Crown victory? Who has won in the past, and what are Chrome’s chances? How might a big victory for California Chrome impact the sport?

Guests: 

Alan Balch, Executive Director of California Thoroughbred Trainers

Mike Willman, Director of Publicity at Santa Anita Racetrack