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California Chrome

California Chrome is the Triple Crown hopeful and will race at Belmont this weekend. Californians, and horse lovers all over the country have been charmed by the horse and many have come down with "Chromie Fever."

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    Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome looks out from his stall in the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., Monday, May 12, 2014 following his afternoon arrival from Louisville. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
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    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is led off the track by assistant trainer Sherman with exercise rider Willie Delgado up after jogging at Belmont Park, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. California Chrome will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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    Exercise rider William Delgado takes Kentucky Derby entrant California Chrome for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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    Exercise rider Willie Delgado plays with California Chrome as a groom bathes him after a workout at Belmont Park, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. California Chrome will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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    In this image provided by Benoit Photo, California Chrome (8), with Alberto Delgado aboard, wins the $100,000 Graduation Stakes horse race on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo) © BENOIT PHOTO
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    Exercise rider William Delgado plays with Kentucky Derby hopeful California Chrome after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
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    Alan Sherman, assistant trainer for Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, displays a nasal strip at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Monday, May 19, 2014. California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow him to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Trainer Art Sherman made no threats about the colt passing on a chance to become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, but he suggested it was a possibility. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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    California Chrome, center, ridden by Victor Espinoza, Pablo Del Monte, right, ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez, and Ria Antonia, left, ridden by Calvin Borel, race to the first turn during the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore. California Chrome won the race. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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    The field breaks from the starting gate in the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore. California Chrome, third from right, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, won the race. ( (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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    In this May 3, 2014, file photo, jockey Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The California colt will be running in the Preakness with a bulls-eye on his back as perhaps racing's next superstar. He figures to face eight or nine rivals in the middle leg of the Triple Crown series, and one of them might be a filly. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
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    In this image taken with a fisheye lens, jockey Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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    Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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    Victor Espinoza celebrates as he rides California Chrome to victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    Assistant trainer Alan Sherman holds Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome as he is bathed after a workout, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. California Chrome will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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    In this image taken with a fish-eye lens, California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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    Assistant trainer Alan Sherman leads California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza to the winner's circle after winning the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome jogs around the track with exercise rider Willie Delgado up at Belmont Park, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. California Chrome will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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    In this Saturday, May 17, 2014 file photo, California Chrome, center, ridden by Victor Espinoza, Pablo Del Monte, right, ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez, and Ria Antonia, left, ridden by Calvin Borel, race to the first turn during the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Coursein Baltimore. California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome pauses as he enters the track with exercise rider Willie Delgado up at Belmont Park, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. California Chrome will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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    Exercise rider William Delgado takes Kentucky Derby entrant California Chrome for a morning workout during a morning workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 2, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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    California Chrome is bathed after jogging around the track at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Wednesday, May 21, 2014. California Chrome arrived in New York on Tuesday to begin preparations for his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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    Exercise rider Willie Delgado rides California Chrome around the track at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Wednesday, May 21, 2014. California Chrome arrived in New York on Tuesday to begin preparations for his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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    Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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    Groom Raul Rodriquez gives Kentucky Derby hopeful California Chrome a bath after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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    California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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    Exercise rider Willie Delgado rides California Chrome around the track at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Wednesday, May 21, 2014. California Chrome arrived in New York on Tuesday to begin preparations for his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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    Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome is walked outside of his stall after arriving at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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    Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome, right, stands in his stall at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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    In this Saturday, May 17, 2014 file photo, co-owner Steven Coburn kisses California Chrome after winning the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
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    Exercise rider Willie Delgado hot walks Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome after a workout Monday, June 2, 2014, in at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. California Chrome will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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    Exercise rider Willie Delgado walks Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome after they arrived at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The Belmont Stakes is scheduled for June 7. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome pauses as he is hot walked by exercise rider Willie Delgado after jogging at Belmont Park, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. California Chrome will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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    California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the second leg of the Triple Crown as he runs away with the 139th Preakness Stakes, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore, MD. Longines, the Swiss watchmaker known for its famous timepieces, is the Official Watch and Timekeeper of the 139th annual Preakness Stakes and the Triple Crown. (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Longines/AP Images)
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    Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome's mane is combed after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Thursday, May 15, 2014. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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    Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome is walked around his stables after arriving at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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    Exercise rider Willie Delgado walks Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome after they arrived at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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    Victor Espinoza celebrates after riding California Chrome to victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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    Assistant trainer Alan Sherman stands with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome during a walk at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Monday, May 19, 2014. California Chrome is scheduled to depart Tuesday for Belmont Park, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes horse race takes place June 7. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome pauses as he is hot walked by exercise rider Willie Delgado after jogging at Belmont Park, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. California Chrome will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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    Soapy water falls from Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome as he gets bathed after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Thursday, May 15, 2014. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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    Assistant trainer Alan Sherman, left, leads exercise rider Willie Delgado and California Chrome onto the track at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Wednesday, May 21, 2014. California Chrome arrived in New York on Tuesday to begin preparations for his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)