California Chrome's Long Road to the Triple Crown

May 5, 2014


The story of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome continues to be written.  The easy winner, with far fewer dollars invested compared to a typical Derby champion, will head to Maryland to compete in the Preakness. 

Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Director David Switzer says it's hard to say where the California bred horse will land after racing its last race.  "Where California Chrome ends up, most of the time if you win the Kentucky Derby, you're probably gonna end up going to stud in Kentucky.  That's yet to be determined with the horse.  If he wins the Triple Crown, he's got a danged good shot at coming back to Kentucky.  But, his pedigree is not really strong, but he is very successful race horse," said Switzer.

Switzer called California Chrome's journey to success - "not common and not normal."  But, the veteran Thoroughbred Association director says it's a "great story" and proves one doesn't have to be a person of great wealth to enjoy the sport.

Just a day earlier in the Kentucky Oaks, "Untapable" won by an even bigger margin.  Untapable is not expected to make the trip to Baltimore.  Switzer isn't surprised by the decision to skip the Preakness.  "She can only produce one horse per year.  A horse that wins the Derby, Preakness, Belmont as a colt is most definitely a stallion prospect, if they have some pedigree to go along with it," said Switzer.  "So, the advantage for her to run against the colts?  Not gonna be.  It's not gonna change her value."

Switzer says Untapable could run in the "Black Eyed Susan" and then the "Acorn" in New York.  The Preakness, meanwhile, is two weeks away and the Belmont is scheduled for June seventh. ​