California Chrome unfazed by opossum encounter

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California Chrome unfazed by opossum encounter
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ELMONT, NY - MAY 20: Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome arrives at Belmont Park led by assistant trainer Alan Sherman on May 20, 2014 in Elmont, New York. He is scheduled to race for the Triple Crown in the 146th running of the Belmont stakes (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - MAY 20: Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome stands outside his stall after arriving at Belmont Park on May 20, 2014 in Elmont, New York. He is scheduled to race for the Triple Crown in the 146th running of the Belmont stakes (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 14: Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome gets a bath following a morning workout in preparation for the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 14, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Soapy water falls from Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome as he gets bathed after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Thursday, May 15, 2014. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
FILE - MAY 19, 2014: It was reported that the New York Racing Association approved the use of a nasal breathing strip on the horse California Chrome as he tries for a Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness May 19, 2014. BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: Victor Espinoza celebrates atop California Chrome #3 after winning the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Horses leave the starting gate during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome around turn four to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Victor Espinoza celebrates after riding California Chrome to victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
FILE - In this Saturday, May 17, 2014 file photo, California Chrome, center, ridden by Victor Espinoza, Pablo Del Monte, right, ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez, and Ria Antonia, left, ridden by Calvin Borel, race to the first turn during the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Coursein Baltimore. California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky), File
Jockey Victor Espinoza, center, aboard California Chrome, celebrates after winning the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore. Ride On Curlin, left, ridden by Joel Rosario, finished second. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
California Chrome, right, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, heads to the finish line ahead of Ride on Curlin, ridden by Joel Rosario, to win the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race a Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races during the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Molly Riley/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races accross the finishline to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races accross the finishline to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races accross the finishline to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races accross the finishline to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - May 17: California Chrome with jockey Victor Espinoza breaks his move on the fourth turn to pull away and win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, MD. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races with the field during the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
California Chrome powers around the fourth turn in the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pilmico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, May 17, 2014. California Chrome won, setting up a shot at the first Triple Crown since 1978. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
California Chrome (3) makes a good start out of the starting gate, but Bayern, second from left, ridden by jockey Rosie Napravnik, is low and recovers too late in the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pilmico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, May 17, 2014. California Chrome won, setting up a shot at the first Triple Crown since 1978. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: Owner of California Chrome Steve Coburn celebrates in the winner's circle with jockey Victor Espinoza after winning the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: Victor Espinoza celebrates atop California Chrome #3 with assistant trainer Alan Sherman after winning the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finishline to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finishline to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Jim Dietz/Getty Images)
Assistant trainer Alan Sherman, left, leads exercise rider Willie Delgado and California Chrome onto the track at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Wednesday, May 21, 2014. California Chrome arrived in New York on Tuesday to begin preparations for his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
California Chrome, center, ridden by Victor Espinoza, Pablo Del Monte, right, ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez, and Ria Antonia, left, ridden by Calvin Borel, race to the first turn during the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore. California Chrome won the race. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The field breaks from the starting gate in the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore. California Chrome, third from right, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, won the race. ( (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- California Chrome was unfazed by a chance encounter with an opossum that crossed the track at Belmont Park as the Triple Crown hopeful was ending his gallop.

The chestnut colt didn't flinch when he passed the cat-sized opossum as he completed his 1 3/4-mile run Friday.

Assistant trainer Alan Sherman says coyotes have appeared at California Chrome's home track in Los Alamitos, California, so the opossum wasn't a big deal.

Sherman says California Chrome will visit the Belmont paddock and starting gate once or twice next week as part of his preparations for the Belmont Stakes on June 7.

The colt is trying to become the first horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 36 years.

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