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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
The morning after a hullabaloo erupted over his sore throat, Preakness favorite California Chrome galloped smoothly over a rain-splattered track at Pimlico Race Course. After his 6 a.m. workout Friday on the wettest track he's ever encountered, the Kentucky Derby winner's connections downplayed his throat condition, revealed Thursday after he coughed in the morning.  "I just want to say that California Chrome is fine,” said assistant trainer Alan Sherman. “His throat is fine.
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June 13, 2014
I do not follow horse racing all year but found myself intrigued by the Preakness and followed it to see if the Kentucky Derby winner prevailed. Once that happened, there was an excitement about the Belmont Stakes and a possible Triple Crown winner! It felt like having a Triple Crown winner would be a small, positive thing for the United States to be momentarily excited about. So when I saw California Chrome lose to "fresh" horses that did not run the previous two races, I had to agree with owner Steve Coburn that this was very unfair and that the owners were "cheaters" ( "California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn apologizes for critical comments," June 9)
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
We're in a brief slow period here in Baltimore with the Preakness finished and the Orioles on the road. But before we start looking ahead at the NCAA men's lacrosse Final Four, here's the Coffee Companion, where we look back at the previous day's headlines every weekday morning. - On the Orioles' off day, Dan Connolly looked into the impact of Orioles bench coach John Russell on the team. He also wrote that Tuesday's starter, Miguel Gonzalez, is excited to rejoin a rotation that has pitched well over its last turn . - Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome left this morning for Belmont , where the track's leaders have allowed the horse to wear his nasal strips in next month's Belmont Stakes . Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas says he's pulling for California Chrome to win the Triple Crown.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
After a weekend of calling fellow horse owners "cowards" and "cheaters" for running fresh entrants in the Belmont Stakes, California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn said Monday that he needed to apologize "to the world," including the connections of winner Tonalist. Appearing on "Good Morning America" with his wife, Carolyn, Coburn told host Robin Roberts that "I'm very ashamed of myself. " California Chrome was trying to become the 12 th Triple Crown winner in Saturday's Belmont, but he finished tied for fourth . Tonalist, a horse who skipped the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes because he spiked a fever before the Derby, won a close race over Commissioner, another horse who didn't run in the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
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Sports Digest | May 28, 2014
Belmont Stakes 'Chrome' 'much more sharp' in 2-mile gallop California Chrome had his connections raving about his form after his 2-mile gallop Tuesday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Alan Sherman , assistant to his father, Art Sherman , said the colt, who will attempt to win the Triple Crown when he competes in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7, expressed his eagerness Tuesday before setting foot on the track....
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - On his second morning at Churchill Downs, likely Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome jogged an easy two miles as his team awaited the late afternoon draw that will determine his starting position in the 20-horse field. "We had a good morning," said Art Sherman, California Chrome's trainer. "He seemed to be really going good. " Onlookers were taken with the chestnut colt's serenity. Several times, he stood still and gazed at the scene around him, even as dozens of cameras clicked away.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome has just three weeks and 1 1/2 miles of racing in the June 7 Belmont Stakes ahead of him in his bid to become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, a task that has proved impossible in the new era of racing. Since Affirmed last won the Triple Crown in 1978, more horses have completed the Derby-Preakness double (12) without adding the third jewel than have won all three in the series' 139-year-history (11). And with each double-winning horse who falls short at Belmont Park, known as the "Test of the Champion," the racing community is left to wonder whether the three-race sweep will ever be achieved again.
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Sports Digest | June 2, 2014
California Chrome walked the shed row in front of a crowd of spectators Sunday morning at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., before trotting out for a practice run under jockey Victor Espinoza . The son of Lucky Pulpit went four furlongs in 47.69 seconds, five furlongs in 59.93, six in 1:12.95 and seven in 1:26.28 over a tightly packed Belmont oval. "Chrome came out of the work in great shape," said Alan Sherman , son of California Chrome's trainer, Art Sherman . "He was pulling [exercise rider]
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
With the short-lived nasal strip controversy resolved and wins in two Triple Crown races on his resume, California Chrome arrived in Elmont, N.Y., shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, where his connections plan to run the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby champion in the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Chrome, who won the 139th Preakness by 1 1/2 lengths on Saturday, will try to become the first winner of horse racing's Triple Crown since Affirmed...
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By Erica L. Green and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
The owners of California Chrome might have had to face the world after the colt fell short of a Triple Crown victory Saturday, but Tim McCoig faced an even tougher crowd after the loss: his wife. "It's not a good day in my household. I just lost a week's paycheck," the Owings Mills resident said just moments after the Belmont Stakes favorite, who could have become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, finished tied for fourth. McCoig was among the group of people who gathered at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in hopes of watching California Chrome continue his gallop into history.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - As California Chrome began his recovery from a foot injury that might have contributed to his flat performance in the Belmont Stakes, his co-owner, Steve Coburn, stood by harsh comments about owners and trainers who run fresh horses in the third leg of the Triple Crown. An unrepentant Coburn said the Belmont, which pitted numerous fresh horses against a tired California Chrome, was "like me, at 6-foot-2, playing basketball with a kid in a wheelchair. " Coburn had become one of the stars of California Chrome's Triple Crown quest with his bold predictions of victory and his talk of representing the little guy in a sport full of blue bloods.
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Peter Schmuck | June 7, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn spent the past five weeks captivating America with his folksy charm and a shoot-from-the-hip style that seemed refreshing until he shot himself in the foot on Saturday. Instead of expressing his great pride in a low-budget horse that captured the imagination of the nation and nearly became the first horse in 36 years to win horse racing's Triple Crown, Coburn blasted the format that forced his horse to face several Kentucky Derby rivals who rested through the Preakness and crowned a new Belmont Stakes champion who had not run since May 10. He called the strategy "a coward's way out" during a nationally televised interview that wasn't folksy or charming.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - In the end, California Chrome could not outrun recent history. All week, veteran horsemen had pointed to the 11/2-mile oval at Belmont Park, the longest in American thoroughbred racing, and predicted it would be the grueling expanse on which his Triple Crown quest withered. They had seen it too many times, brilliantly fast horses losing their juice down the stretch of the Belmont Stakes. Surely this son of a sluggish filly and an unremarkable stallion would falter, just as Big Brown and Smarty Jones and Silver Charm had in the 36 years before him. It wasn't the result most in racing wanted, but the skeptics' logic held.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - Let the debate go on. California Chrome just didn't have enough left on a beautiful Saturday afternoon here on Long Island, finishing in a dead heat for fourth place in the Belmont Stakes and disappointing a nation full of horse racing enthusiasts and casual sports fans who have waited nearly four decades for a horse to win the Triple Crown. The skeptics were right. The race was won by Tonalist, a horse who didn't run in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness.
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By Erica L. Green and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
The owners of California Chrome might have had to face the world after the colt fell short of a Triple Crown victory Saturday, but Tim McCoig faced an even tougher crowd after the loss: his wife. "It's not a good day in my household. I just lost a week's paycheck," the Owings Mills resident said just moments after the Belmont Stakes favorite, who could have become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, finished tied for fourth. McCoig was among the group of people who gathered at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in hopes of watching California Chrome continue his gallop into history.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - There's an old saying in horse racing that all men are equal on the turf and under it. Put another way, this sport confounds sheiks and scions of American dynasties who drop millions of dollars in futile efforts to breed a Kentucky Derby winner. Meanwhile, two neophytes can spend $10,000 to breed a horse for the first time and come within a whisker of the Triple Crown. That's California Chrome's story as he prepares to chase racing's signature achievement in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
As "Bronco" Billy Gowan made his way back to the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday night, the Louisiana-born, Kentucky-based trainer looked and acted as if his horse, Ride On Curlin, had just won the 139th Preakness. "I'm happy. He never quit. My horse run as hard as he could, but old [California] Chrome kept running, too," Gowan said after Ride On Curlin followed up a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby with runner-up honors in Baltimore.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
As California Chrome prepares to depart Baltimore early Tuesday, he'll do so with a clear path to run in the Belmont Stakes after New York officials ruled the Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion can wear a nasal strip to keep his airways clear in the third leg of the Triple Crown. California Chrome's chase for thoroughbred racing's signature achievement seemed briefly imperiled Sunday when trainer Art Sherman said a previous New York practice barring the strips might cause his colt to skip the Belmont Stakes on June 7. But New York officials acted quickly Monday to approve Sherman's request to use the adhesive, which California Chrome has worn throughout a six-race winning streak.
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Peter Schmuck | June 6, 2014
The case can be made that there is a lot more riding on California Chrome than a 100-pound jockey and a chance to be mentioned in the same conversation with the greatest thoroughbreds of all time. The case can be made that when Chrome bursts out of the starting gate at Belmont Park on Saturday, he'll be carrying the weight of the horse racing world on his chestnut shoulders. He won't just be chasing history. He won't just be trying to end a 36-year Triple Crown drought, though that's the main headline.
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By Liam Durbin, For The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
The California Chrome doubters who were talking about his slow Kentucky Derby time had to find something else to nitpick when California Chrome posted the fastest Preakness time since Curlin in 2007. And some who still remain doubters today have suggested that California Chrome's successes in the first two legs of the Triple Crown have had an element of luck in them. Every clean trip is fortunate, of course, but California Chrome has a way of making his own luck. In the Derby, he stayed close to an honest pace and avoided traffic problems that doomed some others.
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