California Chrome strung together five straight wins to begin 2014.
Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) -
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome has been voted the fifth annual Secretariat 'Vox Populi' Award. The winning horse was determined through online voting as well as consensus from the 'Vox Populi' Committee and input from Mrs. Penny Chenery who owned two-time Horse of the Year Secretariat.
The Secretariat 'Vox Populi,' or "Voice of the People," Award is given to a horse "whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for thoroughbred racing."
California Chrome, owned by Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, strung together five straight wins to begin 2014 including victories in the Santa Anita Derby and the first two legs of the Triple Crown. However, his try at becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 failed when he finished in a dead heat for fourth behind Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes.