After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, "California Chrome" has made his way to Long Island in advance of the Belmont Stakes. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
California Chrome rolled into Belmont Park Tuesday looking to make history. His temporary home, barn number 26, got some last-minute touch ups before his arrival and then he emerged.
The Derby and Preakness winner is said to be as good as ever and aware of the attention around him.
"He likes to stand out here and pose and loves to get his picture taken, he's a very inquisitive horse he's always checking out what's going on around him," said Alan Sherman, California Chrome's assistant trainer.
Two and a half weeks before the race, the focus is on keeping California Chrome a happy and healthy horse. The 2012 Belmont is still on the minds of many, when an injury forced triple crown contender I'll Have Another to be scratched the day before the race.
However, Sherman says California Chrome shows no adverse signs from his long racing campaign.
"He's been so straightforward this horse ever since we've had him he never takes a step back he keeps improving it's kind of scary but he's just been a great horse for us," he said.
California Chrome has been good not only for his owners but now for New York as well. The New York Racing Association is expecting to cash in with more than 100,000 people to walk through the gates of Belmont Park to watch the Triple Crown try.
"The phone calls we're getting for people that need hotel rooms or tickets, it might be 200,000 people. It's good for NYRA it's good for the local community," said NYRA Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Martin Panza.
The last horse to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978. Since then, 11 others have won the first two legs only to fall short in the Belmont.
California Chrome will get his chance to stamp his place in history on Saturday, June 7.