California Chrome ‘a happy boy’ ahead of Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic

ARCADIA, Calif. — Maybe it’s the beautiful weather, the fast racetrack or the familiarity of his old stall in Barn 56, but California Chrome loves Santa Anita. But how he shows his joy can cause concern. Assistant trainer Alan Sherman has had his hands full trying to keep the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner on the…

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