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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Triple Crown Hopeful: California Chrome!

I feel like I'm caught in the middle of someone else's dream and I'm going along for the ride—and all the while the dream keeps getting better and better. 

The last several weeks have brought notoriety and world-wide attention to my Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Steve Coburn's racehorse, California Chrome. Their vigorous chestnut colt, whom they affectionately call "Junior," and co-own with Denise and Perry Martin, swept America's hearts after winning this month's 140th Kentucky Derby

The owners' humble story also captured our nation's attention as the public learned of these first-time breeders. Down-to-earth people with regular jobs, they originally owned California Chrome's dam, Love the Chase, as part of a racing syndicate. In 2009 they bought her outright for a mere $8,000 after her poor performance at the track. Called dumb asses for their purchase, they formed Dumb Ass Partners (DAP) Racing.

Now the unimaginable part of the story: California Chrome almost didn't happen. Before Chrome's sire Lucky Pulpit entered the picture, the DAP partners originally bred Love the Chase with a stallion named Redattore. My Aunt Carolyn recently told my mom, "Thank goodness it didn't take." The owners wanted to take another shot with Redattore, but the stud didn't return from South America where he was on a breeding stint.

Fate intervened. They mated Love the Chase with Lucky Pulpit at Harris Farms in Coalinga for a mere $2,000 stud fee; the result was a chrome-marked colt that showed great promise. The rest is history. Actually, history is still in the making. 

Two weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome kept our nation's Triple Crown hopes alive by capturing the second jewel of the crown, the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland. 

On June 7, many of us "chromies" will be in New York to witness the much-anticipated, third jewel of the crown, the Belmont Stakes, while other fans will watch the race on NBC. We will all bring high hopes and good intentions as California Chrome races alongside ten other strong contenders, as he vies for the coveted Triple Crown title. If "America's horse" wins, Chrome will become the very first California-bred racehorse to take home our country's highest honor in the Sport of Kings. 


Do I think he'll sweep the crown? Here's what I believe: Sometimes the stars align perfectly in the Universe. 
California Chrome is most definitely one of those stars. 



A friend recently described California Chrome as "art on four legs." I couldn't agree more. 

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