Toting the high weight of 126 pounds, and though he was conceding five pounds to his major rival Dortmund, California Chrome crossed the wire the half-length victor of Saturday evening’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. The two horses turned for home together and battled for the length of the stretch, but it was the California Chrome, LLC-owned chestnut that came out on top, covering 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:40.84 under Victor Espinoza.
“It was a great race to watch,” said an ecstatic Art Sherman, California Chrome’s trainer. “He’s the real McCoy, Dortmund, but my horse was just Chrome.”
California Chrome is expected to appear next in the TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar next month, where he will face champion mare Beholder.
Art Sherman joked: “Beholder will just have to wait and see what happens!”
California Chrome was bred in California by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, by whom he was raced to victory in the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Though he lost the Dubai World Cup in 2015, he made up for it with a resounding victory in the 2016 running of the world’s richest race. California Chrome has increased his career record to 13 wins from 22 starts, with earnings of $ 12.75 million.
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