California Chrome ‘Feeling Really Good’ During Early Morning Jog At Gulfstream

by | 01.08.2017 | 9:39am
California Chrome jogs a Gulfstream Park
California Chrome jogs a Gulfstream Park

On an unseasonably cold morning in South Florida, Pegasus World Cup contender California Chrome paid his first visit to the Gulfstream Park track on Sunday, marking it with a spirited jog that suggested he was eager to do much more.

With his regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney aboard, California Chrome, who arrived at Gulfstream Park from Southern California on Friday afternoon, hit the track at 5:45 a.m. The temperature at the time was in the mid-40s with a strong and persistent northerly wind. After jogging once the wrong way around the track, Gladney advised assistant trainer Alan Sherman that the 6-year-old needed another spin around the oval to take the edge off of him.

“That's why we ended up jogging him twice, just because he has been off three days,” Gladney explained back at the barn. “They walked him yesterday after he got here on Friday, so I knew today was going to be tough. And this weather today was not my best friend, either. But you know what, he's the type of horse that has energy, regardless. He doesn't care whether it's 100 degrees or 30 degrees; he's just one of those horses. He's gentle to ride, but he's that type of horse who knows who he is. He's on it.”

California Chrome's training at Gulfstream Park for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Jan. 28 is being supervised by Sherman, the son of the horse's trainer, Art Sherman, who will arrive in Florida around the time of the Eclipse Awards on Jan. 21. California Chrome is a finalist for Horse of the Year honors, which was bestowed upon him in 2014 when he won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1).

“He was feeling really good, so we decided to take him another lap,” Sherman said. “It's easier on everybody when he gets a little bit out of it, otherwise he just feels so good and gets a little tough to handle. That cold wind hitting him in the butt probably set him off a little bit.”               

The inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup, the world's richest race, is expected to showcase the eagerly anticipated rematch between California Chrome and Arrogate, who defeated him by a half-length in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 5.

Recent rains in Southern California has delayed a workout from the Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate. But with an expected window of dry weather on Sunday, the 4-year-old was likely to work at Santa Anita on Sunday.

Alan Sherman said he's eager for California Chrome to again face Arrogate, an Eclipse Award finalist for champion 3-year-old male and Horse of the Year.

“I want to run against Arrogate, I hope he comes,” Sherman said. “Maybe he will get his work in today; I hope he does.”

California Chrome, who will be retired to stud following the Pegasus World Cup, will gallop the rest of the week. On Saturday, he's scheduled to work five-eighths with Gladney aboard.

  • Judy Gaddis

    Chrome full of himself? THAT is a great sign! I have a sneaking suspicion that Art isn’t going to get his wish, though — I’ll bet there is no Arrogate in the starting gate come Pegasus day.

    • Mr. Blues

      Please don’t say that Judy as I’m driving 1200 miles to see this race.I must say I’m a bit worried. If they think they have the horse they say they have why would they pass up on all that money?Maybe they know they got lucky in the BBC .I still say Mike Smith beat Victor Espanosa and not Arrogate beating CC

      • Bev

        Mike uses the whip ALOT. It turns my stomach.

        • Mr. Blues

          Not a fan of that either.If it were up to me no jock would leave the gate with one

      • Judy Gaddis

        Okay Mr. Blues………I shalt not say it again LOL! Wow 1200 miles??? You REALLY want to see this race, don’t you? :-) Well, I hope then that Arrogate does find his way into the starting gate so that you get your money’s worth!

        • Mr. Blues


          • Have a safe trip when you leave, and be sure to post and give us a first-hand account of what it’s like to be there. Who knows? You may be seeing the inaugural running of a race that may become the next Dubai World Cup or BCC equivalent. Take lots of photos, too!

          • Pebbles

            He’s not the only one that will be there. ;-)

          • Flying J

            Yours is a cap-worthy post! I’d be excited too. Safe travels, have fun, come home and tell us everything!

      • idavis

        Yes! Victor blew it, not the Chrome.

      • Pebbles

        They both beat Chrome. Unfortunately, Chrome was taking them both on without a jockey. :-)

        • Mr. Blues

          That is another way to look at it

      • Melann Johnston

        Victor was not paying attention. Mike was also being sneaky!! He knows how to win a big race. That will NOT happen again. Victor won’t let Chrome get beat this time!!

    • Bev

      I just read somewhere that BB did have Arrogate work hard today. Finally no rain. BUT CC hasn’t worked in 3 days either. Jogged today. They don’t push CC like Arrogate is pushed hard. No need to. They can jog here and there. BB trains for lead speed. NON stop. That’s why his horses don’t last more than one possibly two years. And break down a lot. Arts a good trainer.

      • Judy Gaddis

        I totally agree…………..Chrome wouldn’t still be running and sound if he were in Baffert’s barn instead of Art Sherman’s!

        • idavis

          Actually, Baffert has had older horses running. Game on Dude for 1. It’s not bc of his style of training that horses retire, they aren’t as durable as runners of years past bc of the allowed meds and wide use of Lasix, etc. Also some just have bad genes. Another is the owners want them in the breeding shed vs on the track racing.

      • Mr. Blues

        Arts a great trainer! His horses are always healthy and happy

      • Pebbles

        Chrome works in the races, Arrogate in his works with less races. Chrome is fitter I believe right now because of his prep no matter the competition. But Baffert will make certain he brings a fit horse to Hallandale Beach.

  • GoTeamChrome

    5:45AM and temps in the 40’s — Chrome must be feeling right at home since his outings were much the same at Los Alamitos this winter. Show ’em how it’s done, Big Guy!

  • Kathryn R Wilt

    Love that hoss.

  • Louie Dula

    I was there…he looked real frisky…when he came by me he was sorta “dancing” it was still do dark out so all my pics blurred but from what I saw of him he looked GREAT..!!!!

  • Manefan

    “A horse who knows who he is.” And, I’ll bet that C. Chrome counts on everybody knowing it, as well! And, thankfully, all who tend to him do. C. Chrome will reward his connections for their attentive and insightful stewardship.

  • Lehane

    Riding Chrome in trackwork would be like driving a Rolls Royce. Good on his training team for going around the wrong way, there should be more of it.

  • Tyrone Floyd

    By the weekend Dihigi won’t have to worry about anything but 68*F mornings and 80*F plus days. I’m thinking about heading over to Hallandale to see California Chrome’s work Saturday morning.

    • Mr. Blues

      Good for you! Don’t forget to report his well being to fans at P.R. thank you

    • Louie Dula

      He came out at 5:45 this morning. Go up by the North end of the track because he will come onto the track from the gap up there by the Receiving Barn.

  • Janette

    Yep, he’s a dancer, all right. He has a cute sidestep that was on display at the Winter Challenge on his way to the starting gate. Go, Chrome!!

  • Delrene

    Such an amazing 6 year old and a fabulous team watching over him. You folks on the East Coast and Florida enjoy him.

  • Molly Julia

    Praying For Rain – 2017 Pegasus World Cup – California Chrome & Arrogate – The Best Horse Wins On The Slop?

    • Mr. Blues

      That would be the Champ California Chrome!

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