Northstar Horse Rescue and friends will be gathering Saturday, June 7, at 5 p.m. in the Enoteca Lounge at the Samoset Resort to cheer on California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes!

Could California Chrome sweep the Triple Crown?

Come early for pre-race coverage, the $2 pick your horse out of a hat raffle and special accolades for people arriving wearing nasal strips.

Post time is 6:30 p.m.

So who is California Chrome? Called "America's Horse" or the "People's Horse", California Chrome was born in California, and a California-bred had not won the Derby since 1962. His sire is an obscure thoroughbred named Lucky Pulpit, and his dam is about as unknown, named Love the Chase.

California Chrome is owned by Steve and Carolyn Coburn and Perry and Denise Martin.

The Coburns reside in Gardenerville, Nev., where Steve works at JCP Enterprises and Carolyn works in the medical field.

The Martins live in Sacramento, Calif. where they operate Martin Testing Laboratories.

The two families were part of the racing syndicate that dissolved, but wanted to stay in racing. Since they were "normal people," not big money thoroughbred owners, they bought the mare Love The Chase from the syndicate outright for the very low price of $8,000.

A groom learning of the sale, walked by and said, "anyone who decides to buy this horse is a dumb#$%." Hence the name DAP Racing, which stands for 'Dumb#$% Partners'.

DAP Racing paid the rock bottom stud fee of $1,500 for Lucky Pulpit to breed their mare, and the result was California Chrome, who, when he was born, just had that look that he was going to do something big. Trained by Art Sherman, exercised by William Delgado, and jockeyed by Victor Espinoza, the colt has earned $3,452,650.

NORTHSTAR HORSE RESCUE is a 501c3 nonprofit devoted to rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming horses. We currently have four Thoroughbred residents at our rescue, and we have helped dozens of horses find their new homes through our work with other rescues and equine advocates. Our mission is to prevent cruelty to horses, to educate the public on equine issues, and to assist or facilitate equine rescue efforts.