There is a Central Pennsylvania connection to Saturday's running of the Belmont Stakes.
Mike Doctrow, an attorney at McNees, Wallace and Nurrick LLC in Harrisburg, is representing the owners of race favorite and Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome in all trademark, licensing and endorsement issues for the horse.
California Chrome has already won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the first two legs of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. If the horse can win the Belmont, it would be the first to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978 and the 12th horse in history to accomplish the feat.
“While my practice mostly focuses on representing major corporations on trademark, copyright, licensing and advertising matters, I welcome the annual opportunity to play a small part in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown,” Doctrow said in a news release.
This is the 11th year Doctrow has worked with a Triple Crown hopeful. It started with the popular Pennsylvania horse Smarty Jones in 2004. He also represented Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro in 2006, who was a heavy favorite also to win the Preakness but broke his leg during the race.
Proceeds from the previous licensing efforts that included merchandise sales went to charity, according to a news release.
On Monday, California Chrome was listed as an even-money favorite to win the race.
The law firm is based in Harrisburg, with other locations in Lancaster, State College, Scranton, Columbus, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.