California Chrome, shown winning the Pacific Classic.
In his penultimate breeze before the G1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 1, California Chrome again impressed trainer Art Sherman with a six-furlong workout over the Los Alamitos oval, according to bloodhorse.com. Early Saturday morning under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, the striking chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit recorded splits of :25 3/5, :49 2/5, and 1:01 1/5 en route to a 1:13 1/5 final time for the distance.
“What impressed me was the last quarter of a mile; I got him in the last eighth of a mile in :11 and change, and that’s where the money is,” Sherman said. “He galloped out in :27. I’ll get one more work in him next Saturday going seven-eighths, and he’ll probably gallop out a mile, and we should be ready for the Awesome Again the following week.”
California Chrome has won all five of his races through the 2016 season, including a romp in the $ 10 million Dubai World Cup in March. The 2014 Horse of the Year may well be on his way to securing a second title, especially after his visually impressive performance last out in the Pacific Classic, dominating three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder by five lengths.
Read more at bloodhorse.com.
Watch the stretch run of his workout here:
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