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California Chrome wins second leg of Triple Crown

Exercise rider Willie Delgado gallops Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (The Associated Press)
Exercise rider Willie Delgado gallops Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (The Associated Press)
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Updated: 5/17 5:30 pm
By BETH HARRIS
The Associated Press

BALTIMORE — California Chrome has won the Preakness to keep alive his bid to capture horse racing's Triple Crown.

As a follow-up to his victory in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Art Sherman's horse justified his stature as the overwhelming favorite by outrunning Ride On Curlin to the finish Saturday.

He covered the 1 3-16th mile course in 1:54.84.

Ride On Curlin finished second and Social Inclusion took third.

It was the first Preakness victory for the 77-year-old trainer. California Chrome has won six straight races.

The horse is owned by two businessmen from the Reno area.

The chestnut colt is the first California-bred horse to win the Preakness since Snow Chief in 1986.

With a victory in the Belmont on June 7, California Chrome will become the 11th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history and the first since Affirmed in 1978.
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