Stellar Thoroughbreds visit Independence to cheer on California Chrome

KANSAS CITY, Mo - An impressive bloodline of thoroughbreds stopped by an Independence restaurant to cheer on California Chrome at Belmont Park.

Insider Scheme and her daughter, Cat Will Get Even, attended a Triple Crown racehorse party at Vivilore in Independence.

Kent Friend, the owner of Saddle Creek Stables owns both horses.

"The grandfather is AP Indy. AP Indy is a real big horse. He was the son of Secretariat., the greatest race horse in America," Friend said.

Cat's paternal grandfather also comes from stellar pedigree; he's Storm Cat.

"Storm Cat, all of its babies were doing so well making money that it's stud fee went up to $500,000 per breed. And it breeds twice a day for 6 days a week for 5 to 6 months a year," Friend explained.

Friend expects California Chrome's stud fee to go up significantly following his performance at Belmont Park.

He and many other horse racing fans are anxiously awaiting the first Triple Crown since 1978.

"I like to watch the horses that love to run. California Chrome is one of those horses," Arwen Weaks said.

California Chrome fans donned big hats as they rooted for the one time underdog who has made a lasting impression on horse racing fans all over the nation.

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