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Jon White, who makes the morning lines at Santa Anita Park and has been an observer of the local racing scene since 1981, can recall the last time a Derby contender captured the public Nike Air Max 95 Black And Photo Blue

Trainer Art Sherman, a former jockey, is so impressed by the colt that he thinking of making a comeback.

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fancy like California Chrome.

Or maybe we won know until after the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Who knows? Maybe California Chrome will make a prophet of Coburn and become the first Cal bred to win the Triple Crown. If that happens, that $6 million offer will look like chump change.

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always saying, well he a California bred. That true, but he doesn know that. He has no clue where he was born. All he knows is he loves to run, and that all it takes is a heart of a horse that loves to run. Sherman: never had so much publicity on a horse in all my life, and I really think it just because it the owners first horse and making it to the Derby, what they paid for him. It kind of like a dream come true for a lot of people, especially the smaller breeders in California, they got a chance now. They don have to spend a million dollars on horses. Here one that coming from a baby and a dream for these people, and when you turn down $6 million for a horse, you know that dream got to be pretty solid. turning down millions was a mistake is something we won know for a while. Saturday after the Derby is over and California Chrome bid to become the first Cal bred winner in 52 years is in the books.

got a huge fan base, Coburn said. get calls from people from all over the world wanting to know how he doing. If you go on the Internet, he everywhere. He popular because he like the underdog, he showing what he really made of.

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A Air Max St International lot of expensive Kentucky bourbon won go down well Saturday night if California Chrome finds the winner circle at Churchill Downs.

you know, I been in the game a long time, Sherman said. always been one of them kind of guys that if it meant to be, it meant to be. I just want my horse to have a fair shake at it and have good racing luck, and I sure hopeful for him. You know, he a gutty little horse. and popular too.

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Ronald McAnally, a Hall of Famer in his own right, perhaps carries the respect to its highest level when he says, Chrome stands out. They won beat him. California Chrome is hardly the Rodney Dangerfield of horse racing. The respect tossed his way is topped perhaps only by his popularity. This is a colt that has his own Twitter account and, as of midday Friday, had close to 2,200 followers.

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Pulpit out of the inexpensive broodmare Love the Chase. This isn exactly Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt we talking about. California Chrome, who will go postward as the first Cal bred Derby favorite since Snow Chief in 1986, is the product of a mating that makes the Kentucky blue bloods cringe.

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A pair of longtime Southland racing personalities, syndicated handicapper Bob Ike and HRTV analyst Kurt Hoover, believe California Chrome is the best Kentucky Derby contender this state has shipped to Louisville since Fusaichi Pegasus carried Kent Desormeaux to a 1 1/2 length victory in 2000.

There are as many reasons why California Chrome may not win today 140th running of the Kentucky Derby as there are exotic wagering opportunities on the race. This year Derby favorite is hardly a lock to bring home the hardware. Just ask the connections for 2001 favorite Point Given. He says California Chrome is the best to hail from the Golden State since Derby winning Sunday Silence in 1989.

But hey, this is the dream of a lifetime for Team California Chrome. Co owners and breeders Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, just two regular guys, might prefer a bottle of beer over a glass of bourbon. Heck, they turned down an offer of $6 million for 51 percent of the horse just a few weeks ago so maybe they already had too much to drink.

Chief was popular, but I don think he was as popular as CC, White wrote in an email. the Legend was popular, but he didn run in the Kentucky Derby because of an injury. There was a lot of excitement in 1988 with Winning Colors Air Max Nike White

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Winning Colors not only was a strong Kentucky Derby contender, she also was a filly. But CC is different. CC seems to blend the excitement of being the Kentucky Derby favorite after his impressive Santa Anita Derby win with the same sort of popularity of a John Henry in terms of being something of a Cinderella horse. yes. The Cinderella angle.

Coburn, who this week went Joe Namath on us by guaranteeing a Derby victory, marvels at California Chrome popularity.

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amazing how people follow this horse, said Victor Espinoza, who been along for the ride during the colt past four races that have ended in victory by a combined 24 1/4 lengths. a big star, and it not just racing people. social media influx makes it difficult to gauge just how popular California Chrome has become compared with other Southland 3 year olds of the past few decades, but if he doesn top the list he right up there among the elite.

and 1989 with Sunday Silence because they both looked like they had a very good chance to win the Kentucky Derby after they both were brilliant in the Santa Anita Derby.

Sherman, who was exercise rider for 1956 Horse of the Year Swaps when he won the Derby in 1955, has trained other good horses, but nothing like this one.

a rock star in California, I can tell you that, he said.

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told Victor the other day, if he keeps winning by that far I might take my license back out and try it one more time, said Sherman, who at 77 would surpass the legendary Charlie Whittingham as the oldest trainer to win the Derby.

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