NEW YORK (AP) — Chrome craziness set in at Belmont Park Saturday as the hours ticked down ahead of the horse’s bid to end racing’s 36-year Triple Crown drought.
California Chrome, the chestnut colt with four white feet and a modest pedigree, was on the verge of making history or becoming just another miss. The track was expecting more than 100,000 people to show up.
Fans had already jammed the grandstand by midday. Purple nasal strips emblazoned with California Chrome’s name were being sold to fans two for $5. The sales were a nod to the horse’s bid to get permission to wear the strips to open up his nasal passages in the Triple Crown’s third and final leg.