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California Chrome visits starting gate at Belmont

NEW YORK (AP) - Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome has visited the starting gate at Belmont Park before his usual gallop around the track.

The chestnut colt was loaded into a stall in the gate on the backstretch Friday. He stood quietly for several moments with his hind end pressing against the back of the gate.

Assistant trainer Alan Sherman says he wants the gate crew to make sure California Chrome stands squarely instead of spreading his front feet as he usually does. Sherman says he may take the colt to the gate for more practice.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner galloped 1 ½ miles, slightly less than his usual morning run.

California Chrome will have his only official workout before the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, when jockey Victor Espinoza arrives from California to ride him 4 furlongs. The colt will try to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 36 years on June 7.

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