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California Chrome has more than a Triple Crown at stake
California Chrome has more than a Triple Crown at stake

Racing's Triple Crown flame has been rekindled. An unlikely horse named California Chrome, bred in California, owned by two men in their first-ever racing partnership, and trained by a 77-year-old former jockey who works out of a quarter horse track in Orange County, carries the torch now for a sport continually struggling to find its footing. Saturday's Belmont Stakes offers $1.5 million in prize money. What it offers in intangibles to racing is priceless. People who normally pay attention only to bats and balls and hockey pucks will want to know if California Chrome completes the Triple Crown here Saturday, on a racetrack notorious for being the spoiler of such moments. ...

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