California Chrome unfazed by animal


California Chrome was unfazed by a chance encounter with an opossum that crossed the track at Belmont Park as the Triple Crown hopeful was ending his gallop.

The chestnut colt didn’t flinch when he passed the cat-sized opossum as he completed his 1¾-mile run Friday.

Assistant trainer Alan Sherman says coyotes have appeared at California Chrome’s home track in Los Alamitos, California, so the opossum wasn’t a big deal.

Sherman says California Chrome will visit Belmont once or twice next week in preparation for the June 7 Belmont Stakes.

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