In 1978, Affirmed was the last horse to take the triple crown. Before that, in 1973, Secretariat was the first to accomplished this coveted feat in 25 years.
Since 1978, 12 horses have won the first two rounds and fallen short of winning the third leg..
I guess the reason I’m so up on California Chrome is the fact that he was purchased as a colt by co-owners Coburn and Martin for only $10,000, when many champions go for millions. Also, his trainer is 77 years old. I like fantastic success stories. This colt was an unlikely winner, and now has taken 6 straight races and is in good form to take it all.
Although I’m not an avid horse fan, I’ve been to a race at Kentucky Downs and it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill. I’ve also been to Kentucky Horse Park at Lexington and seen the Thoroughbreds up close.
Kudos to jockey Victor Espinoza! Though he is a celebrated winner, the whole enchilada had to work together to get California Chrome to where he is today. With the Belmont Stakes three weeks away, my hat’s off to him and I offer my fondest wish for a thrilling finish for a deserving team.