More than 20,000 people came to Downtown Yuba City to watch California Chrome run in the Belmont Stakes. The City closed down a section of Plumas Street, and set up two jumbo-trons as fans cheered on their hometown hero.
“It’s California’s horse! It’s not our horse, it’s everybody’s horse,” Joey Kissler said.
After the race, Yuba City residents looked disappointed that Chrome did not clinch the Triple Crown.
“I was really excited, but now I just want to cry because he didn’t win,” Chromie, Cathy Van Artsdalen said. “But it was a good race. And he has done well throughout.”
“There’s a lot of disappointed people, and some people lost some money, but the main thing is that the community came together as one,” Chromie, Karm Bains said.
Despite his loss, Chrome and the Martins will forever be heroes of Yuba City.
“I told Perry [Martin], win or lose, we’re going to have you come back to Yuba City, and we’re going to present you a Proclamation, and in addition to that, we’re going to honor you with our highest honor, and that is to give him the Key to the City.”