Aug 20, 2014 1:06 AM by Jason Atcho
California Chrome made horse lovers of many of us across northern California. His local connection to Yuba City has created lots of pride and excitement and on Tuesday night, Mayor Kash Gill honored the owners with a key to the city. "It's only given on a very special honor and it's one of the highest honors to give. As mayor, I'm very honored to and very delighted to be the one to give that key to the martins."
With the success of California Chrome, it's put a spotlight on Yuba City. "It's brought not only local attention within California, but it's brought national attention as well as international attention," said Gill.
Perry and Denise Martin are the owners of California Chrome. They describe the excitement they felt before those long awaited races. "We're there for hours and hours and your stomachs tied in knots. You just can't wait to get it over with and then it finally happens and there's a lot of relief that comes out as joy, especially when you do good," explained Perry Martin.
Denise Martin says she was surprised at all the heart felt support from their community. "I didn't expect it at all. It's the icing on top of the cake and it's nice to be recognized in your own hometown." Perry added
"that's heartwarming just to see the joy that it brings people."
The mayor says the entire community got to take part in the success of California Chrome and they felt like he was their horse too. "It made all of us just root for that horse that didn't have a shot and didn't deserve to be there for whatever reason people thought. That was one of the things that brought everybody together saying this is America's horse."
The Martin's say California Chrome will likely race in the Pennsylvania Derby in September. They may even be going international with their first race in Japan and if he does well there, they'll race in the Dubai Cup which is the world's richest race.