-Even though it was “California Chrome Day” at Los Alamitos and in the City of Cypress, there was no day off for North America’s richest thoroughbred.
Continuing his preparation for the Grade I, $ 300,000 Awesome Again Stakes Oct. 1 at Santa Anita, California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 over his home track Saturday morning at Los Alamitos.
Under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit went the opening quarter of a mile in 24.20 seconds, the half-mile in 48.80 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.20, according to Los Alamitos clocker Russell Hudak.
“He was just galloping,” said trainer Art Sherman, obviously satisfied with the work.
Sherman, who also had the drill in 1:00.80, indicated California Chrome will have two more works before he seeks his 11th graded stakes victory in the Awesome Again. The race at 1 1/8 miles will be the California bred’s final start before the Grade I, $ 6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 5.
In conjunction with a recent proclamation by Cypress city officials, Los Alamitos will pay tribute to its most famous resident later this afternoon.
Highlights of California Chrome’s career – including wins in the Grade I, $ 1 million TVG Pacific Classic Aug. 20 and the $ 6 million Dubai World Cup March 26 – will be shown on video monitors at Los Alamitos and there will be a special presentation by Cypress mayor Mariellen Yarc and Los Alamitos Racing Association general manager Brad McKinzie to members of California Chrome’s team – including Sherman – between today’s fourth and fifth races.
There will also be a plush toy giveaway – one per paid admission while supplies last – and posters of the horse will be available throughout the track for fans to write messages to Team California Chrome.
Based at Los Alamitos since January, 2014, California Chrome has won 14 of 23 and banked $ 13,252,650. He won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness en route to Horse of the Year honors in 2014.
Watch the workout here:
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