Louisville, KY (WAVE) Derby Champ...California Chrome is the man around the barn, and judging by his propensity to smile, he knows it. "I don't know why he does that. I don't know what it is. It's funny though", said assistant trainer, Alan Sherman.
There are hundreds of horses training out here at Churchill Downs everyday, but California Chrome definitely stands out. Not because he's the Derby Champ, but because he has that "it" factor. "He is a real character. A real ham, and it seems like he really loves the cameras. He gives you that little lip," commented the Courier Journal's Jennie Rees after witnessing the horse smile during a bath. Daily Racing Form chief photographer, Barbara Livingston has been covering horse racing for years, and she says the smarter horses have a good idea of everything going on around them. "We often say a smart horse knows, but a great horse knows even more. Secretariat was great about it. Cigar was fantastic, and this boy knows exactly what we're doing, why we are there, and he's giving us the show we need," said Livingston.
As long as he keeps winning, California Chrome can wear that smile all the way to the triple crown from the backside at Churchill Downs.