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California Chrome wins Preakness, keeps Triple Crown hopes alive
Victor Espinoza aboard California Chrome celebrates winning the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. (Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)
The Kentucky Derby champion, ridden by Victor Espinoza, settled in nicely in third place before making his move on the far turn and grabbing the lead at the top of the stretch.
"It's an awesome feeling to have a horse like California Chrome," Espinoza said. "It was a crazy race. I got more tired physically than mentally. It worked out well and he's an amazing horse."
Trained by 77-year-old Art Sherman, California Chrome has won all five of his starts in 2014 and over his 12-race career has eight wins and a second.
"I'll tell you one thing: He's a real race horse ... I have a tear (in my eye) because we worked hard all year and Victor rode him perfect. It's a dream for any trainer to do this."
The winning time for the mile-and-three-16th race at Pimlico Race Course was a swift 1:54 4/5, though well off the Preakness record of 1:53 set in 1973 by Secretariat, who went on to win the Triple Crown.