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California Chrome faces significant obstacles in quest for Triple Crown
California Chrome faces significant obstacles in quest for Triple Crown

"Since Affirmed in 1978" — it has to be the most overused phrase in thoroughbred racing. And yet it's inevitable every spring, when a new crop of 3-year-olds takes a shot at the sport's most cherished prize — the Triple Crown. Affirmed was the last to do it, 36 years ago, and the ensuing drought has coincided with a long downturn in popularity for racing. The sport's stakeholders have hungered for a new superstar, and a Triple Crown seems the surest way to make one. Which is where California Chrome enters the picture. He's perfect for the role — a personable chestnut colt with four white hooves, an underdog story and scintillating...

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