Dortmund breezed seven furlongs in 1:25 4/5 for trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita Sunday morning in what many thought would be his final serious preparation for the Jan. 9 San Pasqual. The highly anticipated race was expected to feature a showdown between Kaleem Shah's son of Big Brown and reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome.
Unfortunately, according to Steve Andersen of the Daily Racing Form, Baffert was not convinced that Dortmund is ready for the task. The Hall of Fame trainer wasn't impressed with the workout, saying that the colt was overly tired afterward, and has decided not to run in the San Pasqual.
Chrome worked Saturday before the races at the Great Race Place, and will run in next Saturday's race.
The ultimate goal for Dortmund is the March 12 Santa Anita Handicap, while California Chrome is scheduled to run in the Dubai World Cup on March 26. Now, a meeting between the two chestnut colts may have to be postponed until after Chrome returns stateside.
Watch a video of Dortmund's workout here:
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