Good and lucky, a potent combination

This is a magical story heading to Belmont Park. California Chrome is so poorly bred that he ought to be pulling up the rear in a $1,500 claimer at the Pokahanta County Fair. He is owned by a couple of regular guys who are so self-deprecating that they call their stable "Dumb Ass Partners." Espinoza is a good guy. So is the trainer, Art Sherman. In a sport that has had way too many scandals to deal with lately these guys are squeaky clean. They are easy to root for.

And that's what 100,000 plus people will be doing in about three weeks out at Belmont Park. Everyone is hungry for a Triple Crown winner after a 36-year drought and so many failures in the third leg. Will this, finally, be the one? All you can do is hope.

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