RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A favorite to win Saturday's Kentucky Derby has a local connection. One of the 20 horses running at Churchill Downs is making some noise in Reno, and expectations for the steed are as high as they get.
California Chrome is expected to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. William Hill gives the horse 7-1 odds to take home the Triple Crown this year. The next closest odds for a horse come in at 22-1.
Why do experts say this horse will pack seats in Reno? The owners of California Chrome live in Douglas County. "There's going to be a lot of people coming out locally that say, I can anticipate this already, they want, they just want to root for the local west coast interest here," said .
Steve and Carolyn Coburn of Topaz Lake co-own California Chrome. Trainer Art Sherman mucked stalls for the 1955 Kentucky Derby winner Swaps. 59 years later, he hopes to have a larger role in history.
"I look back and it's been a really great career for me," said Sherman. "So this would be a feather in my hat if I can get lucky."
California Chrome may be this year's favorite, but the horse was unrecognizable at first. Talks over the horse's saddle towel hit the ground running this week. It read "Califorina Chrome".
Derby officials said mistakes happen and they are fixing the towel.
Typo or not, Team California Chrome is taking the typo in stride. "That might be an idea," said Sherman, when asked if he would sell the towel. "We'll put it on eBay and see what we can get."
The other owners of California Chrome are from Yuba City, California.
The running of the 140th Annual Kentucky Derby is on NBC, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday.