06/04/2014 5:04PM

Can California Chrome pace himself?


The word “furlong” is Old English and agricultural. The short version: It’s an eighth of a mile, or 220 yards. There will be more than 100,000 people on hand Saturday to watch California Chrome try to win the Triple Crown, and millions more viewing on television. The word will have no meaning to most of them. But in racing, it’s the basic unit of measure. Workouts and races are measured and timed furlong by furlong.