NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — California Chrome has jogged for the first time on the Belmont Park track as the colt prepares to try to win the Triple Crown.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner jogged 1½ miles on Wednesday with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard. The colt slowed to a walk for the final sixteenth of a mile.
“After each race he has gotten much stronger,” Delgado told reporters. “It’s crazy because I have never seen a horse like that.”
Assistant trainer Alan Sherman said California Chrome is surprising him with how quickly he is bouncing back from his last two big races. Sherman said the chestnut colt with four white feet is feeling “really good.”
“He was dragging me around the shed row, he dragged Willie around the track today,” Sherman said.
Sherman said California Chrome will start galloping on Thursday, which will provide a better idea of how he’s handling the deep, sandy surface.
California Chrome is set to run in the 1½-mile Belmont Stakes on June 7 in his bid to sweep the Triple Crown for the first time in 36 years.
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