Is California Chrome lucky?

California Chrome is lucky. At least that’s what a rival trainer told me yesterday. Easy pace in the Derby. Perfect trip with only a half-decent close in the Preakness.

Those are solid points, and ones that we’re likely to forget in our Triple Crown daze. Still, some horses tend to find trouble, while others — usually possessing tactical speed — tend to find good trips. I’ll stick with the latter on Chrome, but let’s be clear. Under no reasonable measure is he a good bet at 3/5. This is just one of many risk factors for him.