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Spectators Come Out To Catch A Glimpse Of California Chrome During Belmont Training Run

California Chrome, with exercise rider Willie Delgado and assistant trainer Alan Sherman, leaves the track at Belmont Park on May 27, 2014. He is scheduled to race for the Triple Crown in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

California Chrome, with exercise rider Willie Delgado and assistant trainer Alan Sherman, leaves the track at Belmont Park on May 27, 2014. He is scheduled to race for the Triple Crown in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork/AP) — He is a superstar on four legs, California Chrome could be the first Triple Crown Winner since 1978.

On Saturday morning, he was out for the public to see at the Belmont racetrack, WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reported.

Hundreds of people got up early for breakfast at Belmont and to see the horses work out.

“We got lucky. We’re coming right out as California Chrome was doing the training run for the public for the first time. It was great,” Amy Thornton, Fairfield, said.

Janet Soloman from Floral Park said that she was excited to finally see a horse that she has been following for a while.

“It was very exciting because I chose him for the Kentucky Derby. I’ve been watching him since California and I was brought up on a farm and I kind of look at the confirmation and I was pretty excited,” she said.

On Saturday, California Chrome ran the 5 furlongs in 59 4/5 seconds Saturday over a fast main track at Belmont Park.

Alan Sherman, the son of 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman and his top assistant, says “he’s ready.”

The California-bred horse captured the attention of racing and non-racing fans alike in winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.

California Chrome will attempt to end the longest drought in Triple Crown history next Saturday in the arduous 1 1-2 mile Belmont Stakes. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.

The horse appeared to relish the crisp morning, covering the ground easily for Victor Espinoza.

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