If California Chrome wins the Belmont Stakes on Saturday -- thereby capturing horse racing’s elusive Triple Crown -- he will earn a well-deserved place in the history books and at the same time, take one of Western Growers’ members along for a glorious ride.
Though many people don’t know it, the horse everyone knows as California Chrome, was actually bred, foaled (birthed) and spent a majority of his first year at Harris Farms, in Coalinga, California. Harris Farms, the horse breeding division of Harris Ranch, has been a member of Western Growers since April of 1974 (A separate entity, Harris Ranch or Harris Cattle Ranch, has also been a member of Western Growers since June of 1974). Harris Farms' Chairman and CEO, John Harris, also serves as a member of Western Growers' Board of Directors.
Since winning the Kentucky Derby, followed two weeks later by the Preakness, much has been written and broadcast about the colt from Coalinga. Sporting white nose markings, known in horseracing circles as ‘chrome,’ -- providing an obvious moniker for the thoroughbred -- the unflappable horse has captured the attention of race fans and non-race fans alike. When he comes to the post in the second position this Saturday, he will be the favorite to win the Belmont Stakes, and will not only be settling in for a run against history, but will have to do it on the longest length of any of the Triple Crown race tracks, a track measuring a mile-and-half.
Vegas’ lines currently make California Chrome a 3-5 early favorite.
A win on Saturday would make California Chrome the first California-bred horse to win the Triple Crown and the first time the title has been captured since Affirmed did it in 1978.
Whether or not California Chrome is able to pull of the spectacular feat of winning the Triple Crown, Western Growers congratulates Harris Farms/Ranch and all its proud employees for the magnificent and thrilling ride!
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