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Kentucky Derby spells top horse's name wrong

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CNN) - How would you say it? Califor, Califor, wait, yeah.

What's in a name?

"I guess somebody needs a spelling lesson for California maybe. That's terrible, that's absolutely terrible," Charles Kinney, a racing fan said.

"Somebody didn't proof read that," Dawn Summers, a racing fan said.

"If you're the favorite in the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby and you arrive to a throng of press just waiting to snap your picture and Churchill Downs hands you a saddle cloth with your name misspelled well then everything, everything is in that name," Darren Rogers, Churchill Downs spokesman said.

And so goes the story for California Chrome.

These types of things can happen all the time. They're innocent mistakes and at least Art Sherman is getting a good laugh out of it.

Yes, the horse's trainer is taking it all in stride.

"You know that might be an idea we'll put it on Ebay and see what we can get," Art Sherman, California Chrome's Trainer said.

As the track rushes for a fix.

"It was an innocent mistake I think everyone can relate that mistakes and it as rectified this morning. California chrome's new saddle towel is already here," William Badillo, a racing fan said.

We didn't see the new cloth when California Chrome stretched his legs Tuesday morning. But we did see how the picture of the original had been shared time and time again on Twitter hashtag no respect.

"Well that's, somebody's getting fired," Gilbert Corsey, a Louisville, Kentucky resident said.

We know Churchill Downs designs these saddle towels and sends it off to a manufacturer to make. But track leaders are not saying at which point this typo came in and how many hands it went through before it got to the horse. Most race fans seem understanding.

"Hey let it be," Steve Taylor, a racing fan said.

Saying it won't change the way they bet.

"Not everybody is perfect like you and I," Joe Parks, a racing fan said.

And if this derby contender lives up to all the hype then they'll certainly get his name right in the winner's circle.

Watch the Kentucky Derby coverage on NBC and KTIV on Saturday, May 3, 2014.


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