Los Alamitos ‘Exploring The Possibility’ Of Carding Pegasus Prep For California Chrome

by | 11.18.2016 | 7:35pm
California Chrome arrives at Santa Anita for the Awesome Again Stakes

2016 Breeders' Cup runner-up and Dubai World Cup victor California Chrome could have a prep race for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at his home track of Los Alamitos, reports bloodhorse.com. If the details can be worked out, the race would be a $100,000 overnight stake held over 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 17.

“We're exploring the possibility,” said Los Alamitos vice president and general manager Brad McKinzie. “It would put us on the map. He's got a huge following and it would be great to have his fans get a chance to see him run at home.”

“The timing would be perfect,” trainer Art Sherman said. “I think it would be great for the fans and all the people who are involved. It would be great. That way we don't have to ship him anyplace. We can tune up right here, rather than having to work him a mile to try to tighten him up. It makes my job easier.”

Read more at bloodhorse.com.

  • Chris Miskell

    That would be a nice gesture and a great opportunity for the fans, but who is going to go up against him for that purse?

  • J

    Bad Idea.
    $100,000.00 to 12 Million.
    Let’s Get Real.

    • Clyde Drexler

      Would only be a good idea if Chrome jumps the fence, crashes into TVG booth and renders Todd Schrupp brain dead.

  • greg

    I have NEVER been an advocate of a track offering a large purse for the benefit of 1 horse while not raising the avg. daily purses for the benefit of every other horse and horseman, $100k for Chrome is irrelevant while $100k added to the rest of the purses can make a big difference, but since Sherman doesn’t have the pull or make threats like some trainers do, it probably won’t happen

  • Kevin Callinan

    If Chrome camp is willing to run for 100K it’s a no-brainer- this horse draws 15K to a workout…. they’ll make a nice profit.

    • Neigh Sayer

      So there were 15k there for his Saturday morning workout?
      This is being done for other reasons, they might do well, but a profit is unlikely and there could even be a minus pool for the race.

      • Kevin Callinan

        This article and my response were written Friday. He drew in excess of 15,000 at Monmouth and Saratoga but it wasn’t at 500am.

        • Neigh Sayer

          Surely you jest. Chrome was never at Monmouth or Saratoga. It was American Pharoah that drew those crowds there.

        • Lost In The Fog – Robert Lee

          Never happened. Chrome never ran at either of those tracks.

    • Curt Muth

      Never mind if it is good for the horse?

  • Michael Cox

    This would be good for the sport and good for Chrome fans. Make it so.

    • Curt Muth

      Never mind if it is good for the horse?

      • Mr J


        • Curt Muth

          Another one who don’t give a crap about the horses. Any relation to the Borell’s?

          • Mr J

            Shaddup shutting up

      • SPA

        Totally agree. If it’s right for the horse I’m all for it.

  • SarahAieden

    Chrome needs to earn 250,000 to make the season record. So close and yet so far.

  • Tinky

    Ridiculous. Give away $100k in free betting vouchers and have CC featured in a public workout, instead.

    • Lehane

      Agree. Maybe an exhibition gallop alongside another racehorse preferably a jet black gelding travelling at a nice moderate pace. This would exhibit the beauty of both horses for the public to see at Chrome’s home track.

  • Tyrone Floyd

    Man, it’s almost like Art Sherman and Los Alamitos Vice President Brad McKinzie read my post from last week that I would like to see California Chrome run a hard 1 1/16 miles prep before the Pegasus World Cup on Jan 28, 2016. They should raise the potential purse to $750,000 and invite some horses from South America to come up to the United States and take a shot at the Best Horse In Training.

  • Ida Lee

    I can’t get pass the gorgeous photo of our Champ ….. be still my foolish heart …

    • Nestor Capitaine

      The word is “past”. Your brain is still.

      • Ida Lee

        My brain is “still” what ??? Just joking ….

  • SarahAieden

    Well so far it’s all about Perry’s girlfriend.. He pretty much does what she wants.

  • Audrey Gulla

    What an honor! I hope it happens! Oh, the picture above? He’s breathtaking! Drop dead gorgeous!!

  • Richard C

    What will the proposed race be named? Well, Richard Alan Enberg, Ph.D, was the host of NBC’s Breeders’ Cup coverage from 1984 to 1990. Why not call the California Chrome prep the Oh, My! Invitational and have Mr. Enberg present the winner’s circle awards.

  • ctgreyhound

    One look at the photo reminds us what we’ll be missing when Chrome goes to stud. He is poster perfect without question. He has meant so much to so many that you wish it could go on forever.

  • Delrene

    I hope it works out for Chrome his legion of fans and Los Alamitos.

  • Bryan Langlois

    Have to agree with the others in who would run against him in a 100k race? Unless a bonus was offered to others competing against him can’t see anyone who would go against him…unless they started at 7 furlong mark and Chrome at mile and sixteenth point.

  • Lehane

    Beautiful, gorgeous California Chrome!
    Mr Sherman, I respectfully request that you ensure that your workers do not allow the mini noseroll to be so low near his nose because that would be annoying him.

  • McGov

    Hmmmm….I’d probably want him to have that race with Arrogate fresh in his mind the next time he faces adversity. I can only imagine what CC is thinking….” let’s see you try THAT one again Mr Arrogate ” ;)
    Soft prep races aren’t always the best ideas…..that’s a whole lotta risk for 60k and a PR move. I wouldn’t do it.

  • Mr J

    Arrogate should also enter so he can eliminate all doubt for HOY

  • worldb.free

    Perfect spot. The purse is small enough at $100k that the night will generate a big profit for the locals, assuming that is what is meant in the “details can be worked out.” The big job would be finding four or more others to fill the race.

  • mongo98

    Chrome has the velvet path to 12 $Million, so sad for arrogate, right?

  • Tyrone Floyd

    I wish they would let California Chrome run in the 3.22 Million Dollar 1 1/4 mile Hong Kong Cup 12/12/16 as a Pegasus World Cup prep race.

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