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Congressman Garamendi Congratulates Yuba City’s California Chrome on House Floor for Winning 140th Annual Kentucky Derby

May 7, 2014
Press Release

Congressman Garamendi on the House Floor congratulating California Chrome

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) this week went to the House floor to congratulate Yuba City’s California Chrome and his owners, Perry and Denise Martin, for winning the 140th annual Kentucky Derby.

Text of his remarks is included here:

Mr. Speaker,

I stand on the House floor today to congratulate a star athlete from my district, an athlete who rose to the national spotlight with a remarkable win, with millions of people watching on TV and in front of a crowd of more than 160 thousand people.

I’m talking of course about California Chrome, the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby. California Chrome is a resident of Yuba City, where he lives with his human friends Perry and Denise Martin.

The Martins bought California Chrome’s mother for only $8,000, a bargain by horse racing standards. California Chrome’s storybook rags-to-riches tale is sure to delight horse racing fans for years to come.

Congratulations California Chrome, his jockey Victor Espinoza, and the Martin family. I know my family will be watching as you, California Chrome, aim to get one step closer to the Triple Crown at The Preakness on Saturday, May 17th.

You’ve made California’s 3rd Congressional District proud. Thank you California Chrome, and I yield back my time.