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 bloodhorse.com.
“The way he came out of this race—he bounced back so quick,” said assistant trainer Alan Sherman. “I was so surprised. I don't know if it's because he's so healthy or happy, but he bounces back quicker than any horse I've ever seen. After a mile and a quarter at the highest level—he's a freak of nature.”
California Chrome covered the half-mile in :48 2/5 under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, ticking off modest early fractions and finishing strong down the lane in the same manner he has for most of 2016. The chestnut is scheduled to begin weekly works up to a possible prep race at Los Alamitos on Dec. 17, after which he will point to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28.
Read more at bloodhorse.com.
Check out a video of the work here:
California Chrome with Dihigi Gladney up works a half mile in :25.1, :36.4 and :48.2 pic.twitter.com/AX1oEt411T
— Los Alamitos Racing (@losalracing) November 19, 2016
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