Never A ‘Challenge’ As Chrome Shatters Track Record At Los Al

by | 12.17.2016 | 7:40pm
California Chrome bursts away from the field in the Winter Challenge

To the cheers of an enthusiastic crowd at Los Alamitos, champion California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza galloped five-wide around the track to easily defeat nine rivals by 12 lengths in the $180,000 Winter Challenge. The 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit set a new track record for 1 1/16 miles, shattering the old one by four-fifths of a second to stop the clock in 1:40.03. Trainer Art Sherman was emotional after Chrome's final West Coast race, the first at the horse's home base of Los Alamitos.

“I can breathe now,” Sherman said. “I was pretty nervous before the race. You know your horse is better than the others running in the race, but it is a horse race and anything can happen. (Jockey) Victor (Espinoza) rode him with a lot of confidence. You could see he was much the best. I told Victor keep him in the clear and don't get him in any trouble. He rode him like he was about 10 lengths the best horse. It was just perfect.”

California Chrome broke very well from his outside post position, but Presidensky and Lucky J Lane were also sent to chase the early lead in the run to the first turn. Lucky J Lane was on nearly even terms with California Chrome, forcing the 2014 Horse of the Year to stay at least five paths off the rail through the first turn. Meanwhile, Howdy slipped in between the two leaders to make a four-wide group at the top of the backstretch, with California Chrome widest of all while a length off the lead through a first quarter in 23.64 seconds.

Forced to stay very wide, nearly eight paths off the rail, up the backstretch, California Chrome dropped to three lengths off the lead. Presidensky held the front position over Howdy, with Lucky J Lane in third. Wrightwood and Point Piper were looming along the inside just behind the leaders, but Espinoza still hadn't moved a muscle aboard a very relaxed-looking Chrome as the field clocked a half mile in 47.45 seconds.

Heading into the far turn, Point Piper made his bid between horses to take the lead briefly, but as soon as Espinoza gave California Chrome the slightest bit of rein the horse took off while five wide, gliding past his rivals as if they were standing still. After three-quarters in 1:11.28, California Chrome held a two-length lead at the head of the lane.

Espinoza never had to move a muscle as the gallant chestnut accelerated all on his own down the lane, galloping through the wire with his jockey keeping a tight hold on the bridle. The official win margin was 12 lengths, but Espinoza had all the horse in the world at the end of the race as the pair galloped out strongly around the turn. Point Piper did hang on to be second, with Papacoolpapacool getting up to be third and Ain't Misbehavin fourth.

In a race without place or show wagering, California Chrome's heavy favoritism still created a “minus win pool,” meaning that Los Alamitos and other wagering interests lost money on that bet – $58,170 to be exact.

“When I got on him today he was stronger and it really surprised me,” said Espinoza. “When that happens I have a lot of confidence. I played it  by ear coming out of the gate and when I saw some horses inside of me go, I just decided to sit off them and keep him in the clear. He's very tactical and doesn't need the lead. It was perfect.”

Greeted by the cheers from his local “Chromie” fan club chanting “Chrome, Chrome, Chrome,” the Sherman trainee held his head high walking away from the winner's circle for the 16th time in 26 starts. The $50,000 winner's share of the purse increases his earnings to $14.5 million, the highest of any horse in North America and sixth on the worldwide listing.

California Chrome was bred in California by Steve Coburn and Perry Martin; Taylor Made bought out Coburn's 30 percent share in July of 2015. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was named Horse of the Year in 2014, but in 2015, the colt faded into the background with some bone bruising as American Pharoah catapulted to the top of the U.S. racing scene. Since then, California Chrome went overseas to win the Dubai World Cup, and had compiled an undefeated season in 2016 before just losing the Breeders' Cup Classic to Arrogate.

His final career race is expected to be the $12 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park. According to Sherman, California Chrome is scheduled to ship to Gulfstream on Jan. 6 to begin his Pegasus preparations.

“Now I can relax and get ready for the Pegasus,” Sherman said. “I want (Breeders' Cup Classic winner) Arrogate bad. I have something in my heart that says Chrome can beat him. The atmosphere here was just wonderful. It did my heart really good to be able to run him in front of Orange County people. They are such loyal fans. This was a great day for racing. You can see what happens when you have a star.

“Let's hope he pulled up well. He looked fine when he came by. I know with his record he will be Older Horse of the Year, but I'm rooting for him to be Horse of the Year. That would be a great way for him to go out.''

Watch the race replay here:

  • Pierre

    I’m very happy Chrome ran a safe and clean race. Victor was smart to run him outside and avoid issues with the other horses. I’m so looking forward to the Pegasus.

  • we’re watching

    What a nice way to conclude his California career. One more to go and I have no doubt he will win the Pegasus up.
    Heck, I’d run him in Dubai again and really put an exclamation point on a top five or ten horse. Yes, that’s correct, no typos here.

    • Gflores007

      My thoughts, exactly….why not run him in the 2017 DWC? He could be the only horse to win it twice!

      • Steve

        Because he will make MUCH more money in the breeding shed

        • Neigh Sayer

          Actually if he won the DWC alone he would make more racing than in the shed. It’s simple math.

      • MacKenzie

        He has mares already scheduled for him.

  • beachdoode

    Great job Chrome !!…..He came out of the race Safe and prepped ….maybe Now I can see him before he retires ?….I’m 15 min. from Gulfstream Park……

    Giddy Up Chrome !!…..

    • MacKenzie

      Lucky you! I hope you get to see him in person!

  • Bryan Langlois

    He won like a horse of his caliber versus far inferior competition should have. That being said…I was certainly impressed with the time considering he was 6 wide all the way around. Great send of for all of his loyal fans out in CA. Looking forward to seeing him at Gulfstream in a few weeks.

  • Lehane

    How nice it was to watch this magnificent racehorse run without being hit with the whip!

  • mongo98

    I kept hollering, “Victor, go to the whip, go to the whip”, then I woke up and wiped the egg off my face. Dreams can be hilarious.

  • disqus_v6LneMHJ4O

    How nice that they created this race for him and his fans, as after Gulfstream we will NEVER see him run again..I find that so sad..he has been such a shot in the arm for horse racing to have a hero around long enough to admire and love him…say what you will …that this was not a “real” race as these were below him in quality or whatever ,BUT this is horse-racing and surprise upsets happen all the time,,,he was caught 4 – 7 wide and carried out and the jockey NEVER touched him with a whip – this horse ALWAYS shows up and and ALWAYS runs his best on his own for the love of running – he is a Champion. I will always treasure the last 3 years of watching the beautiful California Chrome run.

    • vinceNYC

      a hero……seriously ..a hero oh my goodness…amd I thought firefighters were heroes…his biggest races Belmont lose ..Classic run 3rd..Classic run 2nd

      • disqus_v6LneMHJ4O

        Heroes come in all forms…this is a forum on horse-racing, not world affairs, so lets stick with that..The Belmont – stepped on coming out of the gate by a 30-1 shot and ran 1 1/2 miles in the stinging sand of Belmont with a chunk missing out of his bleeding hoof to only lose by 1 3/4 lengths/Classic 2014 ran 40 feet farther than Bayern who had garden trip on the rail and came 3rd by a nose and a neck in 159.4/Classic 2016 an over-confident ride by jockey who let his horse run for the joy of running, as opposed to opponent who was hit approx 15 times – MS beat VE that day , plain and simple.
        In a talent- only contest- no Lasix, no whip…no doubt who would win. Your cynical in-a-nutshell comments about his races are incorrect and not appreciated

      • Don

        Not sure what your point is. Could you clarify? Are you suggesting that the horse has lost every big race???
        I assume you don’t own or train horses and believe that if you don’t finish first every time, then you’re a loser. I wish they made people post their bio’s with their comments. I would love to see all of your successes in life and that of your progeny.
        Chrome has won over 14.5 million dollars and 7 Grade 1 races, finishing off the board 1 time in 12 Grade 1 races. That is twelve Grade 1 races.
        Is CC the greatest race horse ever? No. Is CC a great race horse? Absolutely. If you don’t recognize that, then you sir, are an imbecile.

      • MacKenzie

        Apparently, you missed his KDerby, Preakness and Dubai World Cup wins.

        And his 2014 BCC was almost a three-way tie . . . all three top finishers earned identical speed figures.

        And in this years BCC he ran a career best Beyer . . . by far. (He was edged by an emerging superstar.)

        It’s truly sad when someone feels compelled to try (and fail) to diminish a horse and connections of modest origins who take the world by storm, becoming the all-time richest NA horse and the most popular horse in the world. But . . . as the saying goes . . . the way someone criticizes says more about the critic than it does about the target of the criticism.

  • Lisa DeVincenzo

    he was stronger because this is his home track and these r his people! so happy for him!

  • john

    Great horse….hope he can be a great stallion too and throw off some fast babies!

  • davecydell

    Say what you want about this race, Chrome’s connections and his accomplishments put American Pharoah’s to shame.

    • Marilyn Shively

      spare me your ludicrous statement— good grief

      • Ida Lee

        …thanks for your comment and I agree 100% …. Why a Superstar Champion athlete like Pharoah needs to be dissed in celebrating another wonderful Superstar Champion is beyond me. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to see both these great TBs race.

    • Lawrence R

      You should have said his present connections. Prior to Taylor Made taking control his owners were couple of clowns { scary clowns} and totally mismanaged him.

      • MacKenzie

        One of those “scary clowns” is still the horses’ majority (or plurality) owner — Perry Martin.

        • Lawrence R

          Of thar I am well aware. In fact I watched Perry make a fool of his self at the AWARDS last week.

          • Gflores007

            I’m guessing you are perfect and NEVER made a mistake or have never done ANYTHING wrong in your life? You’ve never opened your mouth and inserted your foot?
            I spoke to Frank Taylor on the phone this morning and had to collect myself because I was SO nervous and did not want to ramble as Perry did from being in front of the crowd. Perry is a genius with zero social skills. People should be flocking to him for breeding suggestions.

          • Lawrence R

            Not for the length of time he did hogging that mike.
            You sound like an intelligent person ,do you know anything about breeding? If you do , how could you call this anything but an enormous
            stroke of luck. If a person hit the biggest lottery around , would you call that person a genius?

      • Gflores007

        Scary clowns that ended up with the richest race horse in the history of North America. Scary clowns who are laughing all the way to the bank! Not too shabby and everyone else should be trying to hire Perry Martin for breeding suggestions! Whose the clown?

        • Lawrence R

          Obviously you are in no way informed on the ongoing disgraceful way those early connections acted . Since this thread is over a month long I do not expect the deluge of comments supporting my remarks. PS They named their stable Dumb A…s I’d spell it out but would be censored by the dumb A…s watch dog computer .PS they are not going to or have never ever won the richist race inNorth America.

    • thomr875

      I don’t think you will find any support for that statement. A triple crown winner is a triple crown winner. I would risk saying that carries far more weight in horse racing circles than money won. Which isn’t shabby, though. :-)

    • MacKenzie

      I’m a big, big Chrome fan, but your comment is utterly nonsensical. AP won the Triple Crown and Breeders Cup Classic. Even a double DWC/BCC win and undefeated 2016 season by Chrome would not have put AP’s 2015 to shame.

  • Frank

    If Art was nervous b4 this race he is gonna need
    Plenty of meds when he goes against Arrogate again…. This “prep” was a joke .. They line up 2 legit horses and 9 tomato cans. Then cancel place wagering … In a 12 horse field cancel place wagering. Why not run a no betting race then…if u can’t manage risk and take a hit why have wagering at all. This is the state of the game… It exemplifies all the negatives….that farce of a race was a joke chrome basically ran against the clock and it was a good tightener for a horse that will have his hands full if Bullet Bob pulls the trigger …if
    arrogate shows up and wins, he is horse of the year Hands down end of story …….

    • just an observer

      The Win minus pool was $58,000. I’m sure they would have offered place wagering if YOU had stepped up to cover the minus pool. Oh, you don’t have an extra few hundred thousand laying around that you don’t need? Didn’t think so

    • ofmyownaccord

      Eclipse Awards are Jan 21st. The Pegasus is Jan 28th. Tell me again how winning a race a week after helps Arrogate win HOY?

      • Frank

        I stand corrected……

    • Meg Hiers

      Seems to me they actually were managing risk. I am sorry you lost out on your chance to bet thousands of dollars for your 5% profit. You are right Chrome could have easily been given a walkover where he raced the clock, but this way, several other outfits were able to make a nice chunk of change as well. Explain to me how that is bad for racing. Sherman was nervous because this is the kind of race where it is very difficult “to win” no matter how impressively you run. It has much more downside than upside, but he was willing to take the chance to get the timing and locale of the prep he considered best for his horse.

      • Marilyn Shively

        if there was more of a downside than an upside, Art Sherman would not have put his champion horse in this race. what don’t you get? he raced Chrome for two reasons: the horse needed a prep race, a walk over If you will and it was a tribute to the fans at Los Al, to give them a last chance to see their “Chromie” for the last time in California.

        • togahombre

          a whisker over 5k attendance

          • Tim Lambro Sr.

            Your point?

          • togahombre

            the woman made a point that one of the reasons to run in this spot was to give his fans one last chance to see him race in so california and los al, my point was that with an attendance of just over 5k it doesn’t seem that the fans responded very well

          • Tim Lambro Sr.

            haha yes, well go there Friday, maybe, maybe 500 people will be there.
            5,000 aint bad on the west coast now days

        • McGov

          With all due respect….do you understand the risks of racing versus the risks of training? Do you also understand that if Chrome wins the Pegasus….this solidifies his place in history?
          i.e. ——NUMBER ONE IN EARNINGS IN THE WORLD–Orfevre (Japan) 1,576,213,000 yen (USD $19,005,276).
          So, jogging 8 wide in a circus event is the BEST way to prepare. Come again?

          • We’re watching

            Excuse me, but wasn’t Arogate eligible to challenge Ky Derby Winner etc Cali Chrome?

            Where was he? Espinosa did not run his best race in BC, Chrome wins the Pegasus, count on it.

          • McGov

            Arrogate is preparing in a logical fashion….appeasement is obviously not a consideration is his preparation.
            I hope CC does win the Pegasus. I’m sure Art Sherman will have him ready. But I do not agree, even with the benefit of hindsight, that this “prep race” was a good idea….ALL things considered.

          • Tim Lambro Sr.

            You’re all over the map pal, as evidenced by the multiple obsessive posts. All horses don’t gallop everyday, work once a week, and you must share this amateur training manual you keep referring to. Do this, then do that, then do this again, run here…….Baffert is training his horse, and Sherman is training his. It’s $12 million, so Baffert will be there, so will CC. Arrogate will have a prep (likely the San Pasqual) and he’ll win, and then we’ll have to listen to you say, ‘see, I told you how it should be done’. I will not be surprised in the least if the tables are turned Jan. 28th, ……who would…………and if they aren’t it isn’t because CC ran Saturday at Los Alamitos, at which point you’ll run to the keyboard to say…….”.I told you so’…………………………..it’ll be because the better horse won and NOT because California Chrome was ‘mental’

          • McGov

            Well Tim…..you know what they say about opinions…everyone has one ;)
            You might see how this race benefited CC, but I don’t. And I will leave it at that…..with my amateur training manual in hand hahahaha :))).

          • Tim Lambro Sr.

            What is it you want? In all the posts you’re complaining about his ‘mental’ attitude. Really? He’ll be 6 in a week and a have started 27 times (give me the name of one horse of quality who does that today) you think he needs a mental adjustment? Trainers have been using ‘walkovers’ since the beginning of time as prep races for older horses. Stop it………….and before I let you go, I just read your toilet paper comparison of Usain Bolt………….you’ve convinced me, you’re just a hack kid who thinks he knows all there is about racing. You’re going to use this space to question a guy who’s trains the sports all-time money earning horse. You need to update that photo, you forgot your clown make-up

          • McGov

            Well Tim, what I want is pretty obvious. I want to complain about this decision. I think Art Sherman has done an amazing job. Nobody is perfect. Couple of boo boos……2015 Dubai—he obviously learned and came at it more appropriately in 2016……and THIS.
            It was predictably a bad decision in Dubai in 2015. So is this.
            I hope that the horse will be as ready as he possibly can be. I don’t believe in stopping to parade before the work is done. Barry Sanders had it right in my book…..lots of work left. No time to showboat 8 wide, winning with ease. Maybe that kind of stuff was ok earlier in the year….but not now.
            If you think that what you saw on Saturday is how you can best prepare for potentially one of the most historical races EVER…..then if I were you, I’d keep that opinion to myself…..just sayin ;)

          • Tim Lambro Sr.

            I’m not here to tell Art Sherman how to train his horse, but that is
            what these comments are for, guys like you who can advise Art, I:’m sure
            he’ll take what you want into consideration. Will CC win, I don’t know,
            I think he can turn the table, Gulfstream Park isn’t the most kind
            surface, you either handle it or you don’t, most of the time speed
            favoring, so the track shouldn’t come into play if both Arrogate and CC
            partake. And for crying out loud why would a guy who’s trained a horse
            for five years do something different in his training regimen. You think
            the San Pasqual won’t be a walk over for Arrogate???? You think
            Baffert is going to alter his plan now? You better get ahold of him and
            tell him of your concern. I’ll make a deal with you, they’re both
            going to run Jan 28th is appears, like I said it’s $12 million and
            Baffert will walk to Miami for that much money, and we know CC will be
            there.Saturday isn’t going to cost him, if he runs the same race he did
            in the Classic, losing won’t be because of yesterday, he’ll be around
            and if he wins, we won’t be able to find you.

            My last post with you, wasted too much time with you

          • McGov

            Yep, about to go TINKY on you, I’d better stop too ;)
            Anyway way you slice this Tim….it’s a joke. I’m surprised Victor didn’t literally stand up and do a flip at the wire.
            Having said that, what’s done is done. I hope CC wins the Pegasus. I hope Victor doesn’t get fooled again as I strongly believe he cost CC the BC. Smith took him to school….let’s hope he learned a thing or two.

          • McGov

            Hey Tim…last thing before I let you go…..Usuain Bolt is training for the biggest race of his life….let’s say, his final Olympics.
            Does Bolt prepare by running against the local college kids 6 weeks out? Show up and take lots of pics and kinda run, but not really…. because let’s not make this too embarrassing for these kids.
            THAT is what CC just did.
            And that sir, is a joke. In the middle of history making moments somebody thinks it’s a good idea to join the circus and make a mockery out of preparing for the biggest race of this horses life.
            You don’t sharpen a champion by having him run against children…..he must run with his own or stay focused through training. That’s what this amateur playbook says anyways….;)

          • MacKenzie

            Horses are not people. The mental difference in how they train is extraordinary.

          • McGov

            I used the Bolt analogy to simply my point. I’m keenly aware of the differences, I have trained both.

          • Lawrence R

            !00 % right. Mc Gov has no clue.

          • Lawrence R

            Arrogate was busy going out on Bafferts schedule .blowing the doors off a 5 furlong workout.Watch for him at Santa Anita he may have a prep race coming up soon. Whats he going to do challenge Chrome for a hundred K?
            Arrogate set a track record at Saratoga IN THE TRAVERS then he beats an older mature Chrome in the BC . Me, I suspect ,as good as Chrome is, Arrogate is better. Let’s just hope they both make it to the gate. Who knows maybe a’ DARK STAR” will win it.

          • johm

            No dark star! and dont count on Arrogate to show! Although he is the only horse that can make the Pegasus a reality. Otherwise, its a bust. A loss does nothing to help him. BTW, didnt Chrome run away from better horses in the PC, DWC, KD, PREAKNESS, ETC. He and arrogate beat the horses in the BCC by The grade on horsed wouldnt have made a difference. Maybe he beats the record by more if pushed.

          • Lawrence R

            As I recall, the only horse any consequence in the PC was the mare who finished 2nd. California Chrome got away with murder in the race, Apparently everybody was saving to get 2nd money, 47’49 ,111’22 and he’s 5 lengths in front. He’s without a doubt a pretty damn good horse however the competition has been exceedingly weak up to now. Dark Star ,did you get it?

          • Meydan Rocks

            Ha!

          • Lawrence R

            Was that a ha ha ha or a never happen ha ?

          • Meydan Rocks

            Count on it?? Do gamblers EVER count in it when betting a horse race? C’mon maaan! Kiddin?

          • kateharper77

            CC was only “jogging” when he covered 1 1/16th in 1:40.03? To say nothing of the additional ground he covered running wide from the outset. I’m sure Art Sherman is very satisfied with what his magnificent horse did yesterday. Onto the Pegasus and, hopefully, another great win.

          • McGov

            I saw the race and I didn’t see much effort from CC. Yes, record breaking time while giving up lots and lots of ground. Goes to show you how ready he truly is physically, as I”m sure he couldn’t blow a candle out after the race.
            I suppose Art Sherman deserves his time in the sun with this horse and this race was a nice way to say thank you to the local support.
            Too bad only 5k showed up for such a gesture.

          • Lawrence R

            One good race is worth 3 or 4 good workouts.Horses break down every day
            in the morning. What is your problem with this race? I fail to see any negatives. As for the betting , Los Al put up a pretty big chunk of change to put it on. They also put a lot of money into the track and they aren’t doing all that great.

          • McGov

            I’d like to see CC exceed 20 million in earnings and solidify his place in history. He deserves it.
            I think the race was little more than a gimmick and unnecessary. If you were to map out the “perfect” way to prepare CC for the Pegasus….would you include a race like this on your map?

        • Lehane

          Agree

        • Gflores007

          I commend Art for those reasons and much more. I got it! :)

    • Marilyn Shively

      Debbie Downer: there are always people like you trying to spoil the party: you are a joke, not yesterday’s race.

    • Andy in the desert

      Whoa, settle down Frank…To me, CC has two advantages:
      1. It’s only a mile and an eighth, not a mile and a quarter.
      2. GP typically is conducive to speed horses, albeit not as much as SoCal tracks seem to be.
      [Though we’ll have to see how the track is playing in the run up races of course].
      But Arrogate is certainly a Formidable Adversary!

  • Audrey Gulla

    Yes indeedie “you can see what happens when you have a star”!! Thank you Mr.Sherman & the entire CC team! What a horse! :)

  • Eric

    I thought the attendance was a little light. The handle was boosted by the carryover and the presence of high rollers playing a handicapping tournament on site. But a crowd of 5,000 seems underwhelming for a Chrome sendoff. They drew 2,667 the previous Saturday.

  • McGov

    Well….let’s hope that this “race” didn’t soften him mentally. There is absolutely zero benefit for CC to gallop around grossly inferior horses in preparation for a difficult race.

    • Marilyn Shively

      so you know more than his trainer, who knew he needed this race to keep sharp: hmmm

      • McGov

        I’m only speaking of the mental aspects on CC. I’m sure his trainer balances the politics and history and preparation…..and this is the result. As a fan, I get to look at preparing for a race from a much different perspective. I don’t believe such gimmicks help a horse prepare for his best effort and the historical implications are such that I’d rather this “race” didn’t happen.
        The horse was ready physically IMO….is he now more ready after yesterday? More “sharp” for his race on JANUARY 28 ?

        • Marilyn Shively

          His trainer said Chrome needed a race before the Pegasus–so i will go with what his trainer thinks is best for his horse–

          • Gflores007

            Too bad more owners don’t listen to the trainer.

        • Lawrence R

          Whats the horse suppose to do, just hang around the barn? This is a big strapping race horse who needs to work to build on his condition if he is to have any chance at all against Arrogate next month.
          That race was no more than a paid workout. Don’t pay that much attention to the track record he recorded. Cheap claimers were running 108s and change this past week at Los Al. And yes he is more ready after yesterday
          and he’s going to have to get a lot more ready.

          • McGov

            I understand it was a paid workout. He doesn’t need the money. There are a million and one ways that a thoroughbred race horse gets hurt…..it’s all about managing risk.
            IMO, there are better ways to prepare both physically and psychologically for such an importance race.
            Is Baffert worrying about jumping in a gimmick prep race for Arrogate? Think Arrogate will be fit enough? If not, see Midnight Lute 2008 BC. ;)

          • Kevin Callinan

            Each horse is different, Chrome may have been too full of himself to sit in the stall for another month. Baffert has the ability to challenge his horses in the morning w/ all the stakes horses he trains, Sherman doesn’t have that luxury.

          • Andy in the desert

            If you remember, Art has more than once said that he gets bored with the “workout only” regimen. Hence this was the perfect time and “race” to set him up for Gulfstream.
            Perhaps they will consider Dubai again, depending on whether or not he is victorious in the Pegasus.
            I, for one, would like for the Dubai World Cup to be his last race.

          • Gflores007

            I suggested to Taylor Made that he race in the DWC 2017. It’s only two months after the Pegasus and breeding season ends the end of May so he still has time for both. And now, I’ve heard Dubai may raise the purse to twenty million. Hope he goes for it. Chrome could be the first horse to win it twice.

      • Lawrence R

        The race win should boost the horses confidence after his defeat in the B.C.

    • Meydan Rocks

      LOL. Hey maaaan…

    • LongTimeEconomist

      It’s a workout.

  • Richard C

    Hollywood could not have scripted a better ending to an illustrious career. Yes….this could be a time to borrow a page from Tinseltown and exit the stage after the incredible performance. The upcoming made-for-TV spectacle is not going to make or break California Chrome’s entry in the Thoroughbred racing history book.

  • albert

    good call or not who cares art cc and all other connections has done a great job a horse that done it all from a youngster to a older horse running because he can taking the money showing yes we can continue to race as a older horse art I was the last jock from Ellsworth you were one of the first hope you remember me when you get to gulfstream going to stop by to shake your hand albert cusson

  • Mr. Blues

    Did anyone notice Victor stand up coming out of the gate ? When they closed the back gate to get Chrome in and Chrome being the last horse they automatically opened the front gate to start the race.It looked as though Victor was not ready for that and almost lost his mount.Watch the replay of the start you will see it.The first thing that came to mind was Chrome is getting hurt from the quick start.My heart dropped when the gate opened!!!

  • Tinky

    If anyone requires further evidence that it’s time for the DRF to pack it in, their official chart lists CC as having won “driving”!

    • We’re watching

      It’s a track record. Was he picking daisies down the stretch. Of course he was driving. Please.

      • Tinky

        One possibility only: he was driving home the point of his superiority.

      • Lehane

        I cannot fathom why they said he was “driving”? Galloping, running or racing is what he was doing.

      • MacKenzie

        “Driven” is defined as strong urging by the jockey. Not only was there no “strong urging,” there was no urging at all. Espinoza didn’t even twitch an eyebrow the final half mile. Chrome was running completely on his own. I guess he drove himself!!! And he probably could have picked some daisies down the stretch and still won by open lengths.

  • Terri

    I was there and what a spectacular experience and all the love the fans showed for this horse was amazing . Chrome is so good be careful he’s coming after arrogate ‼️He will win and go down as a gift to all of us by God … Baffert he’s coming after arrogate ‼️🏇

    • Jack

      A 104 Beyer will not cur it against Arrogate. Last 2 for the Baffert monster have been in the 120’s.

      Chrome is a nice horse. When a rare gem comes along he is second best. simply not fast enough !!

      • Anthony Chicky Ciccone

        only a 104 beyer is that right jack

      • Lawrence R

        Native Diver would have looked him in the eye,spit in his face and put him away at the top of the stretch

        • LongTimeEconomist

          How about Round Table or Swaps???

          • Lawrence R

            Swaps probably . I don’t know about Round Table, he was principally a grass horse. Very def, Dr. Fager , Spectacular Bid , Forego & about 20 others. What the Chrome fans don’t under stand is the horse has never had to face really real heat. He’s done what he had to and he is a really good horse. What he has done is amass a huge of money won against
            very little competition.

          • LongTimeEconomist

            Look at Round Table’s PPs. He won a lot of top races on the dirt, too.

          • Lawrence R

            Yes. I was aware of that. Saw him run a number of times ,the last was at Atlantic City Race Course. I don’t recall his running style though.

          • LongTimeEconomist

            On or near the lead. Not a plodder like, say, Forego.

      • michaelstapler

        104 while 6 wide the entire trip equates to a 120+
        6x2x1.7=20.4

        • Lawrence R

          No it does not equate. Beyers take into account the extra distance traveled while going wide.104 is a 104.

          • Michael Stapler

            Read my next sentence very carefully and you will become an instant winner at the track…….While Beyer Speed Figures that appear in the Daily Racing Form are quite accurate, they are still only a measure of raw ability and they do not take into account the horse’s trip, track biases and other related factors.
            Chrome ran approx. a 124 because he lost approx. 10 lengths through both sets of turns total.
            Balivit. Don’t balivit. Just educating the masses here.
            The only (tangible) that Beyer figs take into account is the inherent “speed” or “swiftness” of the racing surface, which makes it possible for a horse who goes 6f in 1:13 on a Tuesday to have a higher rating than a horse that goes 1:11 on the next day, simply because the track and racing surface change.
            An astute handicapper should also realize that a horse on and easy lead, or conversely a horse set up by a wicked pace that comes from behind will achieve a final time Beyer that is most likely inflated, due to the “trip” he had gotten, which is where handicapping and racing knowledge come into play.
            In the end the high Beyer Fig before the race is run only wins at a 25-30% clip and produces a loss at the end of the year.
            Here is the ABSOLUTE EASIEST way to use Beyer figs and produce a profit with minimal effort. (not enough to live on though)
            Look at every horse in the race and figure out approx. what the times of the first 2 calls should be, whether it is 23/27 I a sprint or 23/48 in a route, judging by the entrants. Then look at every horse in the race and see approx. what Beyer Fig each horse usually achieves in that situation. You WILL pick more winners. if youdo this long enough and become adjusted, you can incorporate class, lone lead type horses, track bias and other “handicappable” matters into your picks and come up with 2-3-4 winners each day.
            It is not rocket science. It is PATIENCE.
            Good luck>>>> OR, go on believing that the trip is taken into account with these figs and keep donating cash into my pocket.

          • Lawrence R

            I stand corrected, you are right about how Beyers are derived. I use Beyers every day but only as a reference point. My main concerns are
            class, condition and INTENT. By the way I don’t have read your little lecture to be come an instant winner .I do quite well thank you

      • MacKenzie

        Chrome’s win was almost in an effortless canter. He had not the slightest degree of urging the entire race (except briefly after the break). Yes, he beat inferior horses but a 12-length effortless win in a prep is not where you want to push him just to earn a bigger speed figure . . . and risk injury. It was a paid workout. You really think he can’t run faster? Embarrassing level of analysis.

        • Gflores007

          You’re right, and I don’t think we’ve seen him run as fast as he possibly can.

  • Susanne Conway

    We have been waiting for a race at Los Al for Chrome and he certainly didn’t disappoint. It was a truly epic day for our local heros. Simply the best…

  • Snowman

    CC is a great example of a key element the sport of horse racing is missing. Stars! How great have the last few years been watching the Chrome mature and become the machine he is (no, I did not say tremendous. That moniker is taken.) There is nothing better than seeing mature horses and mares compete with the athletic ability they were born with as it develops over years of training. Simply wow. Regardless of your thoughts on his ownership, you have to appreciate the fact that they have kept him racing (necessity or not). I could do without the some of the owner drama but that, too, is a part of the game that keeps things interesting and us, as fans, talking about Team Chrome. Start the horses later, race them longer and clean. Those 3 elements would go a long way in replenishing our lost fan base for the sport.

  • Anthony Chicky Ciccone

    having a hard time finding the beyer for this race anybody have

    • michaelstapler

      104

  • worldb.free

    He was just cantering down the street, totally under a death grip. Could have gone a second more and still 1:39 would not be anything spectacular. Of course it’s a track record. How long has the track been operating a major t-bred meeting and how many GREAT t-bred horses have raced over the “new” Los Alamitos. It’s like Frosted and CC taking track records earlier this year in Dubai.

  • Bev

    Seeing his last race of the year done right there on HIS track just gave me goosebumps. It meant so much to us fans seeing how proud he looked to be racing on his track. LOL GREAT way to end the year Team Chrome. Right there on his track in CA. where it should be. I’ll replay that video a million times along with the rest of them, I’m sure. Chrome is such an amazing horse. SMART. We saw how he was special back the end of 2013. Beginning of 2014. He KNEW then he was important. AND he’d get a cookie if he did good. LOL I loved following Chrome the past 3 1/2 yrs. It’s been so much fun AND quite a learning experience as to what is involved with owning and establishing a GOOD / GREAT race horse. Great owners with a great plan given to a Great trainer..AND here’s the kid….train him. LOL WELL, Kudo’s CC LLC…….it worked. He’s amazing.

  • Lawrence R

    I don”t know the man. he’s probably very nice, honest hard working . and a good family man. The remarks after the race were totally off base and quite frankly, stupid.. Implying they all showed up to beat the Chrome and it i was not fair. Get a grip. OK he tipped a few and wasn’ in a good frame of mind. To make matters worse he was not even gracious enough to .backtrack the next morn. By the way Martin is no breeding genius. There was only one man ever wore that mantle, Federico Tesio.

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