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'California Chrome' Jockey That Horse 'Is As Good as Secretariat'

6/10/2014 6:18 AM PDT

'California Chrome' Jockey -- That Horse 'Is As Good as Secretariat'


California Chrome is "one of the best horses ever" ... and is "just as good as [Secretariat] ... this according to CC's jockey Victor Espinoza

The legendary jockey was out in NYC yesterday when we asked how Cali Chrome ranks in the pantheon of great racehorses ... and Vic says if it weren't for the hoof injury suffered in the Belmont Stakes, Chrome would be at the top of the list. 

"I believe he's as good as [Secretariat] ... but when something goes wrong, then it can't go 100%."

BTW, Victor is AWESOME -- and after the Chrome talk, gave us some pretty interesting tips on how to properly bet the ponies.  

Turns out, betting on the horse that took the biggest leak before the race isn't the way to go.  

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