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Chromie Is Our Homie - California Loves Chrome!

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Photo: Melanie Martines


The Great Race Place at Santa Anita Park was filled with excitement and anticipation as fans carried the hope for it's Cal-bred California Chrome to capture the last leg of the Triple Crown. Thirty-six years in-the-waiting, fans came out to support the horse we all love. Everywhere you looked there were Triple Chrome signs, stickers on little kids; even adults shared in on the fun. The Chrome Zone was an area dedicated to the Chromies, and adults and kids of all ages were getting in on some fun with air-brushed tattoos! People dressed in purple, wore pins to support the "People's Horse", and Santa Anita Race track was rocking with fans filling the seats.

This was Santa Anita's first-ever experience as a live racing partner on Belmont Stakes Day and it was a huge success! Energy filled the race track with an on-track crowd of 31,208. It was a contagious feeling as we waited in anticipation in hopes that California Chrome would be the next Triple Crown winner. It was an amazing feeling to be amongst Chromie fans!




Here are some #Chromies showing their love: 


Enter into the "Chrome Zone": 







Fans getting air-brushed tattoos:



















Every pony horse showed their support by wearing a nasal strip and a Chrome sticker ("Lucky" is day-dreaming about Chrome's Triple Crown journey)!



The product of an $8000 mare, Love The Chase, and an unknown sire named, Lucky Pulpit California Chrome developed a dedicated fan base known as the "Chromies", notably called the "People's Horse" he made us laugh and touched all of our hearts.

Thank you, California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, and to ALL his connections for giving racing fans everywhere a thrilling ride. You brought light back into the horse racing world, and your rags-to-riches story is something that will continue to amaze us. Your big heart, and will to win made us love you even more!

Although the perfect ending did not take place; this magical horse showed us that dreams can come true even when things appear to be doubtful. 


















It's been an incredible journey "Junior" and this is only the beginning of another journey... Rest up, and we'll be looking forward to seeing you soon! 


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Older Comments about Chromie Is Our Homie - California Loves Chrome!...

He's still a winner!!!!!!!!!
Chrome ALMOST had the lead at the 1/8th pole only a head back...BID HUNG
Yukichan. Really enjoyed the video.
Belmont park, Elmont NY. Home of the Triple Crown giant killer.
glad he is home and out of ny, hes no#1 to our family ,and this family is huge, hope he feels better, stay away from muggers at the gate
Gorgeous photos! We are so proud of you CALIFORNIA CHROME! WE LOVE YOU CALIFORNIA CHROME!
Wow, 31,000, that's a really nice crowd! Great photos.
  • Runnin · Amazing support from the fans out in California! Even non-racing fans came out to experience the excitement! · 416 days ago
Thanks for the video yuki!
This video should make every one feel good--http://www.paulickreport.com/video/back-home-again-california-chrome-returns-to-los-alamitos

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Meet Melanie Martines

Melanie is an avid horse racing fan. She first fell in love with the sport in 2009 when she was first introduced to an article about the Pamplemousse. Her first Derby love was I Want Revenge after his spectacular win in the Wood Memorial, and would tell you that her favorite Thoroughbreds are Zenyatta, Mine That Bird and she's been following Mucho Macho Man since he was 2 years old.  

Although she has been involved with the sport for only 5 years, her passion has led her to become quite knowledgeable and she's read many books on pedigree/conformation/dosage, handicapping and about great horses in racing history. She learned how to handicap a race from old-timers in the sport, and has a few favorite angles when picking a winner. 

Having a creative side to her, she is also a professional Photographer. She discovered that she was able to combine her passion for photography and horse racing and loves traveling to Santa Anita in California as much as she can.
Her dream job would be behind the camera at a race track photographing everything that goes on throughout the day.
Originally from Hawaii, Melanie lives in Henderson, NV with her daughter Kaela who currently attends college. She is a graduate of UNLV and when she is not at the race track she is the Executive Assistant to the CEO of a Digital Marketing company in Las Vegas.

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