By Paul Kurtz

BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS) — “California Chrome,” winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness, is getting acquainted with the track at Parx Racing in Bensalem as he gets ready for Saturday’s Pennsylvania Derby.

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After a long cross-country journey, California Chrome finally got a chance today to stretch his legs, under the watchful eye of co-owner Steve Coburn.

“It’s exciting because this is his first race since the Belmont, and it’s nice to see him back in his element.  I know he’s a very happy horse right now,” Coburn (below) told KYW Newsradio.

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(Steve Coburn.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

(Steve Coburn. Photo by Paul Kurtz)

It was just a leisurely workout, but the horse clearly had a glide in his stride during his one time around the track.

“This horse has no wasted motion,” Coburn says proudly.  “He’s very fluid and he runs straight as a rifle shot. That’s what’s nice about him.  He doesn’t deviate from where he’s told to go.  And a little bounce in his step is an indication (that) he’s ready.  He’s ready to race again.”

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