The dream of the first Triple Crown winner in horse racing since 1978 is still alive. California Chrome raced to victory at the 139th Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico, and his team is eyeing a history-making performance at the Belmont Stakes in June.
Bleacher Report was one of the first to acknowledge California Chrome's win.
The Twitter account of the Belmont Stakes is already building the hype for the horse's run at history.
Is it time for a #TripleChrome?! Congratulations, California Chrome!— Belmont Stakes (@BelmontStakes) May 17, 2014
California Chrome's trainer Art Sherman had this to say after the race, per Daily Racing Form on Twitter:
Moments after race, Art Sherman tells NBC: "He's a real racehorse, and I'm hoping that the mile and a half is up his alley, too." #Preakness— DRF Derby (@DRFDerby) May 17, 2014
In case you missed it, here's a video of the race:
Here are the final results.
|1||3||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||Art Sherman||-|
|2||10||Ride On Curlin||Joel Rosario||William Gowan||1 1/2|
|3||8||Social Inclusion||Luis Contreras||Manny Azpurua||8|
|4||2||General a Rod||Javier Castellano||Mike Maker||8|
|5||4||Ring Weekend||Alan Garcia||H. Graham Motion||12 1/4|
|6||9||Pablo Del Monte||Jeffrey Sanchez||Wesley A. Ward||14|
|7||1||Dynamic Impact||Miguel Mena||Mark E. Casse||15 3/4|
|8||7||Kid Cruz||Julian Pimentel||Linda Rice||15 3/4|
|9||5||Bayern||Rosie Napravnik||Bob Baffert||20 3/4|
|10||6||Ria Antonia||Calvin Borel||Tom Amoss||30 3/4|
Via NBC Broadcast
Because there were no major surprises in the top three spots, the payouts were a bit modest. Here's what California Chrome, Ride on Curlin and Social Inclusion paid for their results.
|Ride On Curlin||$5.60||$3.80|
Via NBC Broadcast
Everyone is Talking About Chrome
Even though the official payout for bettors wasn't staggering, the return on investment for California Chrome's breeding has been. Take a look at the numbers presented by ESPN's Darren Rovell.
California Chrome, bred for $10,000, has now earned more than $3 million on the track.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 17, 2014
The more success the horse garners, the higher the price goes for trainers and horse owners who hope to grab some of California Chrome's DNA for a potential prize-winning descendant.
The stud fee for California Chrome's sire Lucky Pulpit went from $2,500 to $10,000 with the Derby win. What will it be tomorrow?— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 17, 2014
How big of a deal is a potential Triple Crown winner?
Notables from all over the sports and sports-entertainment world were talking about the win.
California Chrome now moves ahead of Guillermo Rigondeaux in my PFP list— Steve Kim (@stevemaxboxing) May 17, 2014
California Chrome is a super horse! So psyched for the Belmont! #triplecrown— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) May 17, 2014
With the Belmont Stakes taking place on June 7, the world should be prepared for an even busier blitz of California Chrome stories and information over the next three weeks.
This is just the third time in the last 10 years that one horse has won the first two legs of the Triple Crown. The last to complete the Triple Crown was Affirmed.
With such a rare sports occurrence within reach, California Chrome and the sport of horse racing deserves every bit of the attention it gets leading into the Belmont Stakes.