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California Chrome Finishes Last Run Before Belmont Stakes

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California Chrome has finished his final run-through before he goes for history and the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.
 
The chestnut colt galloped two miles around the Belmont Park oval on Friday after visiting the paddock where he will be saddled on race day. He stood quietly in stall No. 2 before walking through the tunnel toward the track, pausing several times for photographers. His ears pricked at the sound of clicking cameras.  
 
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will jog again early Saturday, about 13 hours before he tries to end a 36-year Triple Crown drought with a victory in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont.
 
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, whose horses spoiled two previous Triple Crown bids, says the last quarter-mile of the Belmont will be the toughest for California Chrome since he's never run that far.

Steve and Carolyn Coburn, both Topaz Lake residents, co-own the horse that is the 3-5 early favorite to win. Wicked Strong was the 6-1 second choice and drew post No. 9 while Tonalist was made the third betting choice at 8-1 odds and will break from the No. 11 post.

Before Affirmed swept the 1978 Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, 25 years had passed between Citation in 1948 and Secretariat in 1973.  

The race is set to begin at 3:52 PST.

Racing insiders say if he wins, he could command a breeding value of $15 million to $20 million.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)
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