California Chrome wins 139th Preakness Stakes
California Chrome won the Preakness Stakes Saturday evening.He covered the 1 3-16th mile course in 1:54.84. Ride On Curlin finished second and Social Inclusion took third.
It was the first Preakness victory for 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman. California Chrome has won six straight races. The chestnut colt is the first California-bred horse to win the Preakness since Snow Chief in 1986.The Preakness win on top of his win at the Kentucky Derby sets up California Chrome to be the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown. The road to victory is still a long one, though - 33 horses have won the Derby and Preakness, but only 11 backed that up with a win in the Belmont.
California Chrome's rags-to-riches has captured America's attention, a horse bred for $10,000 beating million-dollar horses in the world's premier races. Equally engaging have been his working man owners, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, known as the "Dumb-Ass Partners," and his 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman, who arrived at his sport's pinnacle for the first time at the Kentucky Derby.
NBC Sports and the Associated Press contributed to portions of this report.