Isn’t it great to see someone deserving get their just due? And what is even better is when you played a part in justice being served. That is exactly why sports fans need to “pony up” with the Vox Populi election that is currently taking place.

The Vox Populi or “voice of the people” award was created by legendary Secretariat owner Penny Chenery with the vision of letting sports fans be heard in a year-end voting process. The criteria she created is simply choose the runner that brought the most notoriety to the sport during the past year and exhibited racing excellence in the process. As a great ambassador for the sport of Thoroughbred racing, Ms. Chenery wants to continue the cultivation she began by racing “Big Red” and taking the nation by storm with his Triple Crown triumphs. Getting the fans more involved and providing them a voice means people can take pride in casting a ballot and then knowing they played a part in the pick.

This year’s ballot features a plethora of outstanding ponies. But a closer look tells us there is one runner that stands more than a few hands higher than the rest. California Chrome is the most deserving of the nominees. His storybook run of being a figure before birth in his owner’s dream to becoming the first California-bred since 1962 to win the Kentucky Derby captivated the entire country. Punctuating that with a victory in the Preakness, California Chrome created a stir in the entire sporting world. His humble beginnings as a $10,000 investment by some “regular” people also played a part in providing hope for all those looking for that “glass slipper” in the game of life.

The other nominees are two-time horse of the year Wise Dan, three-year old sensation Shared Belief, fast-flying Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Distaff champ Untapable, now retired warrior Game On Dude, and eight-year old battler Ben’s Cat. Each of these runners have a great story and some fine credentials, but none impacted the sport like California Chrome. People that weren’t horse people were talking about him and he has made many of those folks into fans.

The voting process here is quite simple. Ms. Chenery wants to make it that way so people will be heard. Go to and the voting link is on the home page. Voting ends December 17, 2014. All sports fans should cast a ballot with this thought in mind. Remember that whatever it was when you said “no way” to the results and wondered who had cast the ballots. Whether it was the 1997 Heisman trophy debacle with Peyton Manning or the all-star selection in your kid’s sports league, this is your chance to speak up and play a part in the pick. Review the candidates, but remember, this is a popularity contest and Chrome certainly shined brighter than anyone in the sport in 2014.

California Chrome is looking for fan support in the 2014 Vox Populi award voting

California Chrome is looking for fan support in the 2014 Vox Populi award voting