Belmont Stakes

Meet the 'Chromies': The world's most popular horse draws dozens to see his 5:30 a.m. workouts

Meet the 'Chromies': The world's most popular horse draws dozens to see his 5:30 a.m. workouts

It was as if the lights on the front stretch of Los Alamitos Race Course needed time to wake up so they could illuminate the larger-than-usual crowd that showed up at 5:30 a.m. to see a big chestnut horse do a high-speed practice gallop around the track.

In attendance were the three founding members of the Los Alamitos Breakfast Club, a group of women bearing pastries, cookies and coffee. There was the insurance underwriter, camera in hand, leaning against the front rail of the track. There were trainers, fans and self-described aficionados.

The faces are all part of this not-so-secret society that calls itself Chromies. The bond that makes them leave their homes early in...

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