The San Joaquin Valley horse California Chrome took home the Preakness Stakes, moving one step closer to horse racing’s triple crown. The Saturday win was California Chrome’s sixth straight victory and he will head to New York to run in the Belmont Stakes on June 7.
On Monday, Belmont Park stewards approved the continued use of nasal strips by California Chrome to help the horse breathe better while running. The horse has worn the strips in every race of his six-race winning streak, but New York racing tracks don’t allow the use of equipment that hasn’t been explicitly okayed in advance.
California Chrome will try to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978 and the first horse since I’ll Have Another two years ago to have a chance at the triple. I’ll Have Another also wore a nasal strip when racing, but New York stewards barred use of the strip at that time.
In a follow-up to his Kentucky Derby victory, California Chrome moved from third place to the front down the front stretch. Jockey Victor Espinoza kept the horse going strong through the finish winning the race by 1 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:54.84 over Ride On Curlin...