‘Bright-Eyed’ California Chrome Arrives Safely At Gulfstream Park

by | 01.06.2017 | 7:12pm
California Chrome arrives at Gulfstream Park
California Chrome arrives at Gulfstream Park

California Chrome arrived at Gulfstream Park Friday to begin preparation for a highly anticipated rematch with Arrogate in the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28.

Accompanied by a state police escort from Palm Beach International Airport, the van carrying the 2014 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner drove through the stable gate at 5:40 p.m., completing a journey that began at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California early Friday morning.

Supervised by trainer Art Sherman's son and assistant, Alan, California Chrome quickly settled into Stall 2 in Barn 2 on the Gulfstream backstretch.

“He looks great. He traveled well. He's drinking and looking for his hay,” Sherman said. “He's bright-eyed. He looks good.”

Sherman said California Chrome will walked the shedrow Saturday morning and is scheduled to get acquainted with the Gulfstream racetrack Sunday morning.

Thoroughbred racing's most enduring star is scheduled to make his 27th and final start at Gulfstream Park, the ninth racetrack he has visited during a career that has spanned nearly four years.

California Chrome achieved immortality in 2014, when he won the first two legs of the Triple Crown before being named 3-year-old champion and Horse of the Year. After overcoming chronic physical issues that cut short his 2015 campaign after a second-place finish in the Dubai World Cup (G1), the son of Lucky Pulpit returned better than ever this year, capturing his first six races, including the Dubai World Cup, only to fall a half-length short of holding off Arrogate in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 4.

California Chrome and Arrogate are finalists for the 2016 Horse of the Year title, which will be announced at the 46th annual Eclipse Awards Dinner in Gulfstream's Sport of Kings facility Jan. 21, a week prior to the Pegasus World Cup.

Art Sherman is expected to travel to South Florida in time to attend the Eclipse Awards and complete his 6-year-old trainee's preparation for the Pegasus World Cup.

Win or lose, California Chrome will be retired after the Pegasus World Cup and begin his career as a stallion at Taylor Made in Nicholasville, Ky.

Watch the video of Chrome's arrival here:

  • meaghanedwards

    He looks great. Bright eyed, alert, confident.

    • Manefan

      Aah, safe, comfortable and curious. With Raul and Alan there, one can’t ask for more.

      • Virginia Lawler

        Also glad that his regular, Dihigi Gladney, was there to take him out for his first jog on the track Sun.

        • Manefan

          Yes, Virginia! Dihiji brings confidence, strength and exhuberance. At least that’s what I see reflected in C. Chrome. He wasn’t mentioned, that I recall but, I’m very happy for Chrome that he’s there.

          • Virginia Lawler

            Very fun to hear back, and I totally agree–looks great, bright-eyed, alert and confident, is safe, comfortable and curious, joined with confidence, strength and exuberance. Strong combination. So, far…so good!

  • Janette

    It is a good thing that Chrome has arrived early, as he needs to get his bearings. He’s a smart horse and exceedingly curious. Fortunately, he ships well. He will settle in nicely, and then he will take care of business on January 28. Go, Chrome!

  • Ida Lee

    That Ladies and Gentlemen is what a superstar athlete looks like ….Get out of my way you peasants…don’t bother me until the Pegasus ….

    • Judy Gaddis

      Superstar indeed, Ida! He just seems to do EVERYTHING so easily and without a hair out of place. It is as if he knows WHO he is, WHAT he has accomplished and is just taking it all in and enjoying life. I think he is going to also love being a stallion and, unlike so many others, will be one that everyone enjoys working around.

      • Ida Lee

        I love all animals but there are some that have that special “it” factor. They just shoot the charm and charisma out of every pore…I see that in Chrome …. when he’s around, you can’t take your eyes off him… I have planned my vacation to Lexington this year around his availability. Cannot wait to see him in person and in living color….

    • Meydan Rocks

      Hey Your Highness – Careful when talking down to us peasants. Last time they did that about 500 years ago, the pitchforks came out strong and the numbers were are against the glitterati.

      • Ida Lee

        Oh you’re funny …. the “royalty” I’m talking about is the King of Racing a/k/a California Chrome. … just having some fun … but if your minions decide to go after Chrome who has more than earned the right to brag a little, and with pitchforks, the legions of Chromies will turn you to dust, you Non-Believer !!!

        • Erika Holderith

          Lol

        • Meydan Rocks

          Tee hee. Your Royal Highness, please check with your majesty about the possibility of having two places in one’s heart for two loves! Oops I didn’t mean to tell tale on the King but when it comes to CC and Arrogate, I love the two equally. Does this confession get me a one way trip to the guillotine?

          • Mr. Blues

            Thats too funny

          • Ida Lee

            Here’s a secret Meydan but please keep it quiet….I love all TBs, some more than others, but I’m a sucker for beautiful and crazy talented equines …. thus, (again keep this quiet) yes I adore Chrome but I recognize Arrogate as one gorgeous hunk of equine talent…he’s great. So I agree with you, we can love more than one great athlete.

        • Mr. Blues

          Hehehe

  • Lehane

    Just adore California Chrome. He looks incredibly good after travelling – he’s one very sound horse and highly intelligent. All I care about is that he stays safe in his final race. Of course he was looking for food, he could’ve been munching away while the photos were being taken. One question. Where were the carrots for him?

  • ctgreyhound

    Bright eyed & bushy tailed Chrome strolls into Gulfstream Park & claims it as his own. Love him or leave him there is no denying he has a charm & charisma that sets him apart. His story line reads like a novel of a equine setting the standard at age 3, then falling on hard times only to rise again in 2016. All the while his fan base has grown by leaps & bounds. It’s been a great ride Chrome & we believe there is a smidgen of the Greek Pegasus in you.

  • Mr. Blues

    California Chrome looks awesome! Nothing short of what a true Champion looks like .

  • Delrene

    California Chrome is just so amazing. He exudes star quality. Ida says it! He just has the “it” factor. We miss him here in Ca, but I hope he enjoys his time in Florida and has a fabulous safe race in the Pegasus.

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