11:30 PM Jun 4, 2014
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes champion is a 3-5 favorite on the morning line.
11:30 AM Jun 4, 2014
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, with exercise rider Willie Delgado up, prepares to enter the track at Belmont Park on Monday, June 2, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (Alejandra Villa/Newsday/MCT)
“Since Affirmed in 1978” — it has to be the most overused phrase in thoroughbred racing.
4:30 PM May 16, 2014
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome with exercise rider Willie Delgado and assistant trainer Alan Sherman, right, after a morning workout at Pimlico Race Course in preparation for the 139th Preakness Stakes in Baltimore on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/MCT)
Turns of fortune are swift and unpredictable in thoroughbred racing, even for the champions who appear least vulnerable