California Chrome Wins Preakness

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maybe this is the year we finally have a Triple Crown winner.

California Chrome is the 34th horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness after outrunning Ride on Curlin at Pimlico. California Chrome stayed near the front pack and began to pull ahead at the turn before maintaining thoroughbred racing's hope for its first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Twelve horses over the last 36 years have won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown without completing the feat.

California Chrome has won six straight races and became the first California-bred horse to win the Preakness since Snow Chief in 1986.

California Chrome finished in 1:54 and 4/5ths with Victor Espinoza on board. He paid $3.00, $3.00 and $2.40.

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