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California Chrome Has Maryland Roots

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WARWICK, Md.- California Chrome is on a roll.  And some of his biggest fans are right here on Delmarva, at Roland Farms in Warwick.
Twenty years ago, Dr. Tom Bowman decided to get a new horse named Chase the Dream, never knowing it would start a bloodline that would one day lead to a triple crown contender.

"It's no surprise to me that that animal's genetics eventually produced something good.  But could I draw a line between her and a horse in California that could win the triple crown?  No way," said Bowman.

The Bowmans and their daughter, Becky Davis cared for three generations following Chase the Dream, including the mother of California Chrome, who was eventually sold to a family on the west coast.  Davis says everyone on the farm eagerly awaits Saturday's race.

"It's been fun to think that in my lifetime I might see a triple crown horse, but this one, it's not just our connection, this one to me seems like he's got a really good chance," said Davis.

"I was at the Preakness and when I saw him cross the finish line, I remarked to my wife that it looked like he had plenty left in the tank," Bowman said.

He thinks California Chrome has a good chance of winning the triple crown.  He hopes it happens, so Delmarva can lay claim to little piece of horse racing history.
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