California Chrome, pictured winning the Kentucky Derby, will work out for fans on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. (Photos by Eclipse Sportswire)
Edited press release
Racing fans will be able to watch 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome in a public workout at Santa Anita Park this Saturday, Jan. 2, his first public on-track appearance since he finished second in the Dubai World Cup last March 28. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will use the workout as his final tune-up for the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes over the same track on Jan. 9.
The popular chestnut colt is scheduled to work six furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza before the first race, at approximately noon. First post time that day is 12:30 p.m.
California Chrome had been on a Saturday to Saturday work schedule but went seven furlongs Sunday at his Los Alamitos Race Course headquarters in 1:25.40. With rain forecast for this Sunday, trainer Art Sherman opted to move California Chrome’s final major drill for the San Pasqual to Saturday, and Santa Anita will accommodate the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit who turns 5 on New Year’s Day with a pristine track free of other workers.
CALIFORNIA CHROME WINS THE 2014 SANTA ANITA DERBY
Globe-trotting California Chrome, winner of the 2014 Santa Anita Derby, is expected to face the 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, among others, in the mile-and-a-sixteenth San Pasqual.
Since his victory in the Santa Anita Derby April 4 of 2014, California Chrome has raced at Churchill Downs, Pimlico, Belmont Park, Parx Racing, Santa Anita (twice), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and Dubai.
CALIFORNIA CHROME BEFORE HIS HOLLYWOOD DERBY WIN
After the Dubai World Cup in March California Chrome ventured to England and to Arlington Park, where potential races never came to fruition. Now the colt’s countless fans will have an opportunity to see him work this Saturday and, if all goes well, race the following Saturday in the San Pasqual.
In 18 career starts, California Chrome has won nine races, finishing second three times and third once, earning $6,322,650. A successful venture in the San Pasqual is expected to lead to a return trip to Dubai for the $10-million race on March 26.