History Walks By: The story of California Chrome

Tuesday June 3rd, 2014
Love the Chase posed with Steve Coburn a few weeks before California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby.
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California Chrome's victory in the Kentucky Derby was his fifth straight with jockey Victor Espinoza.
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Williams: After we retired him, there was very limited interest from Kentucky breeding farms, and at a pretty low dollar value, around $20,000 or $30,000. We decided to do it ourselves and send him down to [Harris Farms Horse Division president] John Harris. [Lucky Pulpit's] third crop [of foals] gave us a Derby horse, Rousing Sermon. [Lucky Pulpit] was bred to Love the Chase in his fifth crop.

Perry Martin (left) and Steve Coburn (right) spent less than $10,000 for the horse that won the Derby.
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After a slow start in 2013, trainer Art Sherman and California Chrome have won their last six races.
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Victor Espinoza, who won the 2002 Derby and Preakness on War Emblem, liked California Chrome.
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For me, I look at it like this: History walked by me and I brushed up against it.

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