contending three-year-old that I have bet on, drooled over, or that I thought
was the next coming of Man of War, have all been defeated except, California Chrome. And I’m afraid to jinx him. So I won’t write about him. I won’t tell you that California Chrome, since
he has won his last four races in a convincing way, is getting all the
attention as a pre-race favorite in the Kentucky Derby. I won’t mention that he
is undefeated as a three year old, he spent his two-year-old campaign learning his
craft with seven races and three wins. He’s big, meaty, and has looked scary
good in races like the Santa Anita Derby, but you didn’t hear it from me.
that I refuse to mention is this horse has taken off after the jockey change to
Victor Espinoza that started with a whopping five length victory over the field
in the King Glorious Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park at the end of 2013.
Espinoza, 42 years old from Mexico, was on board the 2002 Kentucky Derby and
Preakness winner War Emblem. Whether kismet or a smart business decision, with
Espinoza in the irons, the horse moves in big ways, but you didn’t hear that
from me either.
I refuse to
utter that California Chrome’s team is headed by partners Steve Coburn and
Perry Martin and is trained by 77 year old Art Sherman. The DAP partnership is allegedly named after
the decision to buy California Chromes dam, Love the Chase. The remark made
about that decision was called a "dumb ass" move and an affiliation was formed known
as Dumb Ass Partners (DAP). And adding to the legend is that the team’s emblem
is a jackass. True? What do I know, I have locked my lips and have thrown away
the key for fear of me being the one to blow it for the horse who has four
white socks and a big, pretty blaze going down his face.
What I will tell you is that history has not been
a friend of California-bred Kentucky Derby winners. California Chrome is hoping
to become the fourth Golden State bred winner in May’s biggest race, the last
time was with the 1962 Derby winner Decidedly. I don’t want to be the reason
that this horse has hit the skids just because I have given him a look see. I
will say that he is impressive and should be a feared competitor, if I was
going to say anything at all.
Derby favorite? You won’t hear it from me, but this son of Lucky Pulpit is
riding with the wind right now. Is he able to beat 19 other talented horses?
Anything can happen and usually does with my money on the line, but Cali has
already beaten some good horses. Can Espinoza bring it on home again? Espi is
locked on to this rocket and I don’t think he’ll let go. These are questions
that I won’t answer since I’m not writing about California Chrome. We’ll all
have to wait and see. Don’t worry there is plenty to read about California
Chrome here at Horse Racing Nation, I don’t want to jinx him. Riders Up!