The “Vox Populi” Award (Voice of the People) was established by Penny Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown Champion Secretariat. California Chrome was an easy winner among a record number of online voters. “Chrome” basked in the national spotlight throughout 2014, winning six of his nine starts, including the 2014 Santa Anita Derby, 2014 Kentucky Derby, 2014 Preakness Stakes and 2014 Hollywood Derby.
Regular rider Victor Espinoza and trainer Art Sherman, along with California Chrome owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, will be available to sign autographs beginning at 11 a.m. in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens. The actual presentation of the “Vox Populi” Award will take place later in the day in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races.
California Chrome joins previous winners Mucho Macho Man (2013), Paynter (2012), Rapid Redux (2011) and Zenyatta, who was the inaugural winner in 2010.
“Everyone loves a Cinderella story, and this one was no exception,” said Chenery. “California Chrome, a proven champion and formidable competitor, reminded us that it doesn’t matter from whence we came but rather how we dance when we get to the ball. Furthermore, his inspiring story and engaging popularity reached beyond the racetrack stands and into the conversation of a nation. I am looking forward to seeing California Chrome build upon his success during his 4-year-old season.”
The Vox Populi Award ceremony will be broadcast live on HRTV and Coburn and Martin have announced they will be donating race-worn silks from “Chrome’s” winning effort in the San Felipe Stakes for auction, with proceeds to benefit the Secretariat Foundation and other equine charities.
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