The Preakness Stakes is about to start.
California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby pulling away and is the favorite in this race.
California Chrome's dam is Love the Chase, and he is her first foal. She was purchased as a yearling for $30,000 by an agent for a horse ownership group called the Blinkers On Racing Stable. As a two- and three-year-old filly, she ran six times and won on her fourth try in a maiden claiming race at Golden Gate Fields. After her win, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin became her official owners. They paid $8,000 for her, and after two more races, they retired her in 2009. They hoped she would become a good broodmare. When she retired, it was discovered that she had a breathing problem. When California Chrome became a Kentucky Derby contender, Martin and Coburn turned down an offer of $2.1 million for Love the Chase.
When they bought Love the Chase, a casual observer remarked that only a "dumb ass" would buy her, and so Coburn and Martin decided to name their racing operation DAP Racing, which stands for "Dumb Ass Partners".
They created a caricature
of a buck-toothed jackass
to adorn the back of their racing silks
and picked purple and green, the favorite colors of Carolyn Coburn and Denise Martin, for their stable colors
The initials "DAP" appear on California Chrome's blinker hood
and the left front of the jockey's silks.