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California Chrome Arrives At Pimlico
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit-Love The Chase, by Not For Love) arrived at Pimlico Racecourse on Monday in his quest for an elusive Triple Crown sweep in Saturday's US$1.5 million Preakness Stakes, reports bloodhorse.com. California Chrome, who has won five stakes races in a row by a combined margin of 26-lengths, is expected to be heavily backed to win the 139th Preakness and become the first California-bred to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown since Snow Chief in 1986. Alan Sherman, assistant trainer for his father Art Sherman, was at Pimlico to greet California Chrome, who was bedded down in the Preakness Stakes Barn in Stall 40, the stall traditionally reserved for the Kentucky Derby winner. Sherman said the Derby winner would exercise on Tuesday morning, but was undecided whether he would jog or have a light gallop. "I haven't made up my mind. We'll see how he eats up tonight," said Sherman, who reported that California Chrome would not have another workout leading up to the Preakness. "He's fit. I'm not worried about him being fit." Sherman said he had no concerns about running California Chrome in the Preakness on just two weeks rest. "I'm not scared, I'm just excited," he said. "It's quite the experience. We've never gone through anything like this before."