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California Chrome gets a bath after his schooling session today. (Photo by NYRA/Chelsea Durand) 

California Chrome on Thursday continued preparations for the Belmont Stakes on June 7, when he will attempt to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to complete a sweep of the U.S. Triple Crown.

The chestnut Lucky Pulpit colt schooled in the paddock on Thursday for the first time since he arrived at Belmont Park on May 20. He walked around the paddock shortly after 6 a.m. before standing in a stall for about five minutes.

He then walked through the tunnel and onto the main track where he jogged clockwise to the half-mile pole before beginning his usual counter-clockwise, two-mile gallop.

“He pretty much goes at his own pace,” said Alan Sherman, who assists his father, trainer Art Sherman. “Like, you see him the first time around, he's real easy, and then he hits the half-mile pole and starts to pull on [exercise rider] Willie [Delgado] pretty good. Today he was pulling on him a little more than usual.”

Alan Sherman said California Chrome probably will school in the paddock multiple times next week before his regular exercise.

“We don't do a lot of schooling in the afternoon, hardly at all,” he said. “We always school in the morning. It's just something we do. Whether it's right or wrong, I don't know. It's just the way we do it.

“I just don't like to interrupt his feeding, his dinner,” Sherman added.

California Chrome is scheduled to school at the starting gate at 6:30 a.m. on Friday. His Saturday breeze is now scheduled for 6:30 as well, according to Sherman.

CALIFORNIA CHROME SLIDESHOW

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POTENTIAL BELMONT STARTERS

Horse

Owner

Trainer

California Chrome

Steven Coburn 
& Perry Martin

Art Sherman

Commanding Curve

West Point Thoroughbreds

Dallas Stewart

Commissioner

WinStar Farm

Todd Pletcher

Kid Cruz

Vina Del Mar TBs 
& Black Swan Stb.

Linda Rice

Matterhorn

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners

Todd Pletcher

Matuszak

C R K Stable

Bill Mott

Medal Count

Spendthrift Farm

Dale Romans

Ride On Curlin

Daniel J. Dougherty

Billy Gowan

Samraat

My Meadowview Farm

Richard Violette Jr.

Social Inclusion

Rontos Racing Stable

Manny Azpurua

Tonalist

Robert S. Evans

Christophe Clement

Wicked Strong

Centennial Farm

Jimmy Jerkens

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Mike Curry

A native of Philadelphia who grew up in nearby Wilmington, Del., Curry was editor of Thoroughbred Times TODAY before joining the America's Best Racing team in May 2012. He credits his grandfather for the inspiration to repeatedly sneak off to Delaware Park as a 16-year-old and the 1989 rivalry between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer for his passion for horse racing. Curry graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a concentration in Journalism. He worked for the Wilmington News Journal and was Sports Editor of the Cecil Whig before moving to Lexington in 2005.

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Mike Curry

A native of Philadelphia who grew up in nearby Wilmington, Del., Curry was editor of Thoroughbred Times TODAY before joining the America's Best Racing team in May 2012. He credits his grandfather for the inspiration to repeatedly sneak off to Delaware Park as a 16-year-old and the 1989 rivalry between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer for his passion for horse racing. Curry graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a concentration in Journalism. He worked for the Wilmington News Journal and was Sports Editor of the Cecil Whig before moving to Lexington in 2005.

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