California Chrome wins 139th Preakness Stakes

Calfornia Chome named victor of the 139th Preakness Stakes  ( Associated Press )
Calfornia Chome named victor of the 139th Preakness Stakes ( Associated Press )
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Updated: 5/18 5:59 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) -- California Chrome has won the Preakness to keep alive his bid to capture horse racing's Triple Crown. Chrome is co-owned by Steve and Carolyn Coburn, who currently reside in Topaz Lake in Douglas County.

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 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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