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June 7, 2014

California Chrome chasing history in Belmont

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NEW YORK —

Coburn — who favors a silver belt buckle as big as his cream-colored cowboy hat — and Martin — who likes keeping a low-profile — showed their sense of humor in naming their racing operation Dumb Ass Partners and sticking a donkey on their silks.

Martin was the one who emailed Sherman with an audacious plan to get California Chrome to the Kentucky Derby — before he had even run a race. Now the colt is one win away from racing immortality.

“You just like to see a great horse win it and I think he’s got the potential to be a great horse,” said Patrice Wolfson, whose late husband owned Affirmed, “so we’ll be cheering for him.”

As much as Sherman wants California Chrome to win — the trainer will wear the same lucky suit he did at the Derby and Preakness — he can accept a loss, too.

“He doesn’t have to win another race as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to be around a horse that has so much class and is 100 percent healthy.”

 

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