The big news on California Chrome from Friday is that he encountered a possum on the track while training. He was apparently undaunted, and continued on his merry way. Must have been a particularly slow news day. I see those damn critters in my backyard in Queens; even hanging out on the back porch one evening. So I don't see what the big deal is; I can run away from them just fine too, and I don't make the
"He's a good-feeling, big, strong horse. He's just improved all the time....Most horses get a little tired during this three-race trip, but he just seems to be getting bigger, and stronger and better every day."
"As good as he came out of the Preakness, I was shocked.....And he's showing me signs that he can be going forward. I don't see any signs of him starting to tail off."
"I can't believe that I'm training a horse that looks this good and has done what he's done....There is no way in the world that there is any horse that is doing better.....He just looks unbelievable."
"It's a done deal."