California Chrome Keeps Triple Crown Hopes Alive With Preakness Win

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Victor Espinoza looked over his shoulder as he neared the finish line in winning the Kentucky Derby on California Chrome at Churchill Downs.

Overwhelming favorite California Chrome won the 139th Preakness Stakes on Saturday in 1:54.84, coming one step closer to becoming the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown.

Expectations were high for California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza as the 3-5 morning-line favorite, and they beat Ride on Curlin (second), Social Inclusion (third) and General A Rod (fourth). The win comes after reports that the colt was coughing on Thursday, which his team attributed to a blister in his throat that’s being treated with a glycerin throat wash, according to ESPN.

Saturday’s win at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore makes the 3-year-old chestnut Thoroughbred only the third horse in the past decade to win the first two jewels of the Triple Crown — following I’ll Have Another in 2012 and Big Brown in 2008.

California Chrome comes from a modest background, his parents having been purchased for a combined $10,500. His owners, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, were ridiculed when purchasing his dam, Love the Chase — who won only one of six career starts — for $8,0000. The mare was bred to California Chrome's sire, Lucky Pulpit, in 2010.

If you missed California Chrome’s big win at the Kentucky Derby, check it out in the video below.

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