California Chrome Works Six Furlongs at Santa Anita

California Chrome Works Six Furlongs at Santa Anita

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In his final work in preparation for Santa Anita’s Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9, reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome, who was fitted with blinkers, worked a snappy six furlongs in 1:10.04 under Victor Espinoza prior to today’s (Saturday,Jan. 2, 2016) first race at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA.Benoit Photo
California Chrome breezing six furlongs at Santa Anita – Benoit Photo

California Chrome usually works out early in the morning, but on Saturday at Santa Anita, he was on the track just before noon Pacific Time to breeze six furlongs in front of the on-track crowd with many more racing fans watching on the Santa Anita simulcast. The 2014 Horse of the Year didn’t disappoint, going the distance in a blazing 1:10.04 in what will be his final timed workout before he runs in Santa Anita’s San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) on January 9th.

With regular rider Victor Espinoza in the saddle, California Chrome started off at the six-furlong pole and posted fractions of :23.65, :46.66, and :58.30 under virtually no urging from Espinoza before crossing the wire and galloping out seven furlongs in 1:22.80. Handicapper Jeff Siegel later said on Twitter that he hand-timed California Chrome going a mile in 1:37 4/5.

Unraced since a second-place finish in the 2015 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) last March, California Chrome is expected to use the San Pasqual as a springboard to another Dubai journey, with an as-of-yet undetermined prep in Dubai to be followed by a run in the Dubai World Cup. A victory there would propel California Chrome’s earnings well past $12 million and make him the richest U.S.-based racehorse of all time.


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J. Keeler Johnson is a writer, blogger, videographer, and all-around horse racing enthusiast who was drawn to the sport by Curlin's quest to become North America's richest racehorse. A great fan of racing history, he considers Dr. Fager to be the greatest racehorse ever produced in America, but counts Zenyatta as his all-time favorite. He lives in Wisconsin and also writes for the blog Unlocking Winners.

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