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Cailifornia Chrome Does It Again

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The horse that cost only $10,000 did it again; California Chrome won the Preakness and can become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978. He needs to win on June 7th at the Belmont Stakes to make history. Co-owner Steve Coburn, 61, doesn’t think there will be a Triple Crown winner in his lifetime, meaning he doesn’t think Chrome will do it.

The reason he thinks Chrome may not win is the way the Triple Crown is set up. Horses that ran in the Kentucky Derby don’t have to run two weeks later in the Preakness, but can run in the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. That gives a horse more time to rest and train.

The time between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes is only two weeks but if a horse runs the Derby and skips the Preakness it gives them five weeks between races. Coburn believes if a horse runs in the Kentucky Derby then they should have to run all three. Case in point, there were 19 horses that ran in the Derby but only 10 running in the Preakness and it is yet to be determined which horses will run at Belmont.

One horse we do know will be running is California Chrome; he is the 13th horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown and here’s hoping that’s a lucky number for him.

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