Now that California Chrome got the okay to wear the nasal strips, he has now arrived at Belmont Park to prepare for June's Belmont Stakes and try to be the 12th Triple Crown winner.
That's a tall order, especially when many of the Kentucky Derby entrants decided to skip last Saturday's Preakness in order to compete in the Belmont and upset the favorite.
Some have noted California Chrome is a sixth-generation Secretariat descendant, but when horses are that far removed, it doesn't mean much. Literally thousands of thoroughbreds today have the Great One in their pedigrees. California Chrome is known for his sire and dam's modest breeding, in a way like Carry Back's pedigree.