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California Chrome breezes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 14
‘Chrome Community’ Shows Up To Watch First Breeze At Gulfstream

California Chrome attracted a crowd for his first workout over the Gulfstream Park track Saturday morning, when racing’s most enduring star breezed five furlongs in preparation for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28. With fans and horsemen lining the rails on the grandstand apron and backstretch, the 2014 Kentucky Derby and […]

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

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 […]

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California Chrome at Gulfstream Park
California Chrome ‘Loves To Travel,’ Settled In Well At Gulfstream

As planned, California Chrome had an easy first day at Gulfstream Park and walked the shedrow about 12 hours after arriving here from Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California for his engagement in the world’s richest race, the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28. Supervised by trainer Art Sherman’s son and […]

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Arrogate defeats California Chrome in the Breeders' Cup Classic
Horse Of The Year? Sampling Of Southern California Trainers Leans Toward Chrome

Arrogate or California Chrome, California Chrome or Arrogate. Arrogate defeated California Chrome by a half-length in a dramatic running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. It was his second stakes appearance, both wins in Grade I races. Chrome’s body of work last year took him from the Golden State to […]

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California Chrome wins the Awesome Again
California Chrome ‘Well In Hand’ In Final Breeze Before Winter Challenge

Preparing for a much anticipated start in the recently-created Winter Challenge Dec. 17, California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Saturday morning at Los Alamitos. Under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit completed the opening quarter of a mile in 24 4/5 seconds, the half-mile in 48 4/5 and […]

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Oaklawn Will Give Away Commemorative Horses Of The Year Hat On Jan. 16

Oaklawn is bringing back its most popular promotions in 2017 including an Oaklawn Cap Giveaway set for Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is also the day Oaklawn launches its rich 3-year-old stakes program that culminates with the $1 million Arkansas Derby with the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. The cap commemorates four […]

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Charismatic arrives at Old Friends Farm Saturday evening
Charismatic Arrives At Old Friends Farm In Kentucky

The 1999 Kentucky Derby, Preakness winner and Horse of the Year Charismatic arrived at his new home in Lexington Saturday evening. Repatriated from Japan’s JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station, Charismatic has been pensioned and retired to Old Friends Farm at the age of 20. “This is yet another dream come true,” said Old Friends founder and […]

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California Chrome at Santa Anita prior to the Breeders' Cup
‘Freak Of Nature’ California Chrome Records First Work Since Breeders’ Cup

Though he finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic just two weeks ago, California Chrome had a four-furlong workout Saturday morning at Los Alamitos. The 2014 Horse of the Year reportedly recovered very well from the first defeat of his 2016 campaign, and was behaving like his normal, feisty self following the workout, according to […]

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Can Arrogate pass California Chrome in Horse of the Year votes?
The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Eclipse Musings, Jackpot Picks

As the year winds down, it’s time to start thinking about the Eclipse Awards for 2016. Is Horse of the Year a slam dunk for California Chrome? Will Javier Castellano secure yet another Outstanding Jockey award or is there an upsetter in the pack? Can Chad Brown unseat Todd Pletcher in the trainer category? In this […]

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Arrogate defeats California Chrome in the Breeders' Cup Classic
Opinion: Despite Loss In Breeders’ Cup, Chrome A ‘Worthy Horse Of The Year’

Arrogate’s stirring victory over California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic earlier this month vaulted him to the top of this year’s 3-year-old class. The Bob Baffert trainee has also become part of the Horse of the Year conversation in many circles. However, as Michael Veitch writes in his latest column for the Troy Record, despite Arrogate’s impressive […]

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