"Obviously California Chrome had a good two races," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "You rarely see a Triple Crown, so definitely I'm rooting for him to win the race."
California Chrome jockey Victor Espinoza and assistant trainer Alan Sherman each threw out ceremonial first pitches at Yankee Stadium before Monday's game against the Mariners. Tanaka said that he did not have the opportunity to meet them, but he is looking forward to watching their bid for history.
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