I also read somewhere that California Chrome's groom Raul Rodriguez has slept in the stall with
the horse since he won the Derby earlier this month. The Blood Horse did a wonderful story on him, and you can access the video here.
(California Chrome and Raul Rodriguez)
In 2010, the New York Times ran a piece about race horse grooms. It also sheds some light on how hard these people work and how dedicated they are to their horses. You can read it here.
(Statue of Secretariat with Groom Eddie Sweat, Ky Horse Park in Lexington - How Appropriate is This?)
Grooms are the unsung heroes of the horse world - for anyone who competes at a high level in any horse-related discipline knows how hard it is to do it all by yourself. I can attest to that as well, as when showing, working, riding, keeping a farm going, you need help from someone who really knows how to properly take care of these athletes. That's what they are!
(Eddie Sweat with Secretariat)
I'll be thinking about California Chrome's groom in two more weeks. How much is he to be commended for his horse's success? Probably a lot more than any of us think. We need more people like Eddie Sweat in this world, don't we?