Chrome fever

The Covington News - - WORLD -

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.

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