SACRAMENTO – California Chrome could be the first horse from the Golden State to win it all at the Kentucky Derby since 1962.
The horse breed from a maiden horse with breathing issues, which is considered a bad sign in horse-racing and breeding, will take to the track at Churchill Downs on Saturday in the 140th annual race.
Despite being named Chrome, a name for the white markings on a horse considered unlucky when it shows up on all four of a horse’s feet, the part-owner of Chrome, Perry Martin or Yuba City, was amazed with the foal the moment he saw it, according to Fox40.
“We got there, about two hours after he came and we walked into the foaling barn and he was running circles around his mother,” Martin said.
Since the odds of Chrome’s mother “Love the Chase” were low, Martin was able to buy her for $8,000.
The Martin’s said Chrome’s developed the times and he’s always had the personality to win.
“He isn’t afraid of anything,” Denise Martin said.
The Martins have had to be fearless in their own right – operating in a billionaire’s game while working nine to five at their own small testing lab.
They take their “prince and the pauper’ position compared to other owners in good humor.