Whether you were an I’ll Have Another, Big Brown, Smarty Jones, Funny Cide, or War Emblem fan, nothing feels quite like being a California Chrome fan at this very moment. The mentioned horses all had something special and came close to that glorious and elusive Triple Crown that we have been waiting to celebrate for 36 years.
DAP stands for Dumbass people, which is what Perry Martin and Steve Coburn were called when they purchased a horse that would eventually breed California Chrome. Chrome has been the face of horse racing since his outstanding performance at the Santa Anita Derby and has been undefeated since December 22, 2013. With a fan base that has named themselves Chromies, California is now known as the people’s horse.
The build up to the Kentucky Derby was higher than we have seen in years and the show that Chrome put on was spectacular. After the dominating win, the abundance of story lines came pouring out of newspapers, sports columnist and cities from Los Alamitos, CA to Baltimore, MD.
Then the Preakness, a race track in which is said to be shorter in-depth and feels smaller than the Derby, a track surely to defeat Chrome’s hopes at a Triple Crown. Not on this day, and not if Chrome had anything to say about it. After jumping out of the gate he was held back not unleashing his speed until the 3rd corner, and after making a move and turning the final turn, Chrome shot out like a bat out of hell, took the victory and solidified himself and the DAP crew that this was not just any horse and the Triple Crown was no longer just a long shot.
With the race less than a week, I was fortunate enough to be in Los Alamitos this weekend. California Chrome is the talk of the town, city, county, state, and as a matter a fact, the entire country is riding on Chrome to win the elusive Triple Crown. This Saturday set your DVR and attend your local race track’s beer festival, and tune into to see this amazing horse climb to the top of the horse racing mountain, which hasn’t had a resident since 1978.