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California Chrome takes Preakness after Derby title




May 17--California Chrome won the 139th Preakness on Saturday, taking the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown.

The victory was the horse's sixth consecutive under jockey Victor Espinoza.

Ride On Curlin finished second, and Social Inclusion was third.

California Chrome, a 1-2 favorite, earned $1.5 million with the 1 3/16-mile win, which gave the colt from Yuba City and owned by Denise and Perry Martin a shot to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

The last horse to win the first two legs of horse racing's Triple Crown was I'll Have Another in 2012. That horse lost its Triple Crown when beaten by Union Rags in the 2012 Belmont Stakes

It was the first Preakness victory for the 77-year-old trainer. California Chrome has won six straight races.

The chestnut colt is the first California-bred horse to win the Preakness since Snow Chief in 1986.