History could be made in early June by a horse named California Chrome. Back in 1978, a horse named Affirmed was the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes otherwise known as the Triple Crown of horse racing. Now, 36 years later, Chrome has won the first two races and only needs to claim the Belmont Stakes to be the next Triple Crown winner.
The three year old colt should have never made it this far according to some breeders, but this long shot has surprised many including his two owners. Steve Coburn and Perry Martin are newbies to the world of racing, so when they bred an $8,000 mare, that only has won one race, to a stallion with a doubtful background, other horse owners smirked. So Coburn and Perry named their one horse business DAP (Dumb Ass Partners) Racing. After Chrome’s wins at the Derby and Preakness, Coburn and Martin are now the ones who are smirking.
Coburn works in a factory, and Martin runs a product safety testing lab. Neither man has any previous experience raising racing horses. According to Sports Illustrated.com, Coburn recently said, “We just hope that this horse is letting America know that the little guy can win.”
Art Sherman and Victor Espinoza are also pinning their hopes on Chrome to win the Triple Crown. Sherman trains Chrome and after 60 years of working in the racing business, he thinks he has found the next Triple Crown winner. ”You have to have a very good horse to win these three races,” said the 77-year-old trainer. ”I’m hoping I’ve got one right now.” Espinoza has been riding Chrome since the beginning of 2014. Together, they have won six consecutive races. After missing his chance to win the Triple Crown aboard War Emblem in 2002, Espinoza knows what it takes to win all three races. ”You have to be a super horse to win,” the jockey said.
Horse owners and racing fans are feeling the suspense build, and we at Hit Trophy wish California Chrome good luck in his chance to make history. For those who follow equestrian pursuits, we would like to suggest you visit our full line of horse statues. We have over a dozen statues from which to choose. Some of the statues are replicas of a horse breed, like our Tennessee Walker Statue. This beautiful statuette measures 8” x 8.5” and has been created with an electroplated resin. Over half a dozen of our horse statues would make perfect trophies for equestrian events. For example, we have a Sulky Harness Racing Statue. This incredibly detailed sculpture depicts a horse pulling his jockey in the middle of a race. It has plenty of room to engrave the winner’s name on the statue. As with all of our items, engraving is free. Finally, we offer horse busts. One exquisite example is our Crystal Horse Head. The majestic 12.5” tall by 10.5” wide horse bust is mounted atop a trapezoid-shaped, black marble base and makes a perfect gift or award for any horse enthusiast. The Tennessee Walker Statue, Sulky Harness Racing Statue, and our Crystal Horse Head create our own Triple Crown winners, but please take a look at the rest of our horse statue collection here.