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Few certainties in calculating Triple Crown value

Few certainties in calculating Triple Crown value

BELMONT STAKES:Racing insiders say that if the horse becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years when he races at the Belmont Stakes this Saturday, he could command a breeding value of $15 million to $20 million. Photo: Associated Press

DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press
BETH HARRIS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — What would a Triple Crown win be worth for the owners of California Chrome? It’s a complex calculation.

Racing insiders say that if the horse becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years when he races at the Belmont Stakes this Saturday, he could command a breeding value of $15 million to $20 million.

But his humble bloodline may be limiting his value. His mother and father weren’t great runners and haven’t yet produced other winners.

Still, he’d have marketing opportunities and potential book and movie deals. Skechers has already signed a deal to put its brand on California Chrome caps, clothes and horse blankets.

His team also hasn’t given up on the idea of racing him again next year.

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