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Hold all tickets; California Chrome show delayed until summer

California Chrome, with Victor Espinoza aboard, wins the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky., on May 3, 2014. An exhibit at the California Museum devoted to the horse’s Cinderella story has been postponed.
California Chrome, with Victor Espinoza aboard, wins the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky., on May 3, 2014. An exhibit at the California Museum devoted to the horse’s Cinderella story has been postponed. Associated Press

This Kentucky Derby party is a late scratch.

The California Museum’s planned Saturday opening of its upcoming yearlong exhibit devoted to 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome has been postponed until summer, according to the museum. A new opening date will be announced when it becomes available.

For the show’s opening, the museum had planned a Kentucky Derby watching party and hat contest along with a special VIP luncheon with Perry and Denise Martin, the horse’s co-owners and breeders. Patrons who had purchased advance tickets for the event should contact the museum at (916) 653-7524 or www.californiamuseum.org. Saturday would have coincided with the 141st Kentucky Derby.

“California Chrome: A Race for the Dream” will feature never-displayed artifacts of the popular thoroughbred’s Cinderella story as well as his Derby and Preakness trophies and other awards. Delays in assembling the exhibit forced the postponement.

Meanwhile, California Chrome – America racing’s reigning Horse of the Year – is currently in England preparing for a start June 16 at Royal Ascot. In his last start March 28 in the United Arab Emirates, he finished second in the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest race.

Call The Bee’s Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.

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