Dortmund Won’t Show For San Pasqual Showdown With California Chrome

by | 01.03.2016 | 1:12pm
Dortmund won his fourth graded stakes of 2015 in the Native Diver.

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:

  • Ida Lee

    #1 say what? Dortmund is not ready?? what’s going on ??? and 2. say what what ??? Chrome is going to Dubai AGAIN ??? It’s at times like these I wish I could put down a few shots of Tequila …

    • Erin Casseday

      They are leaving for Dubai sometime this month I think. I know they are going over early and running in a prep race over there before the DWC.

      I for one, was hoping that they wouldn’t go. Would have preferred to see him stay and run here, but as the saying goes, not my horse! :)

      • Ida Lee

        Thanks for the info Erin. I can’t believe they’re going back to Dubai a second time. They are just wearing him out for what? I can’t stand to see him being treated this way. I know I sound silly but gee … let us enjoy our Champion here for a change.

        • Erin Casseday

          10 million dollars is why.

          • Ida Lee

            Yeah I know. I just wish someone would think about Chrome for once.

          • Zaffiro

            You made a “statement” as if no one in his camp thinks about his welfare. You are so wrong. Those of us in California (some of us owners as well) talk with Art Sherman a lot and visit Chrome also. They care so much about him it makes your heart smile. We are all excited about Dubai. He will be fine.

          • Ida Lee

            I admit I’m a bit dramatic when discussing the welfare of my favorite TBs like Chrome. Our TBs do not generally do well in Dubai and I really don’t think his last trip there did anything for him. But, hey, he’s a special boy and I will be behind him 100% no matter where he is…Also, thank you for your comment. Actually, makes me feel better knowing that someone with personal knowledge is telling us that Chrome is just fine and treated like the Champion he is ….

          • JerseyGirl

            Thx for the inside scoop:)

        • Bein

          Yeah, I wish he’d stay here too.

        • JerseyGirl

          I agree, Ida! CC has been there, done that. The connections should be giving US fans some Chrometime, lol??

  • Hamish

    That’s a shame. Tough start to the Santa Anita meet for Baffert, no wins to date and now this. Things will probably turn around for him.

    • Terri Z

      I am sure that he is not worried about it. It’s hard to top what he did last year with Pharoah not only winning the Triple Crown, but winning the grand slam.

      • race

        Terri–I’m thinking Hamish had his tongue in cheek with that comment–

  • Jack Frazier

    Probably watched CC work yesterday and decided to run from the competition.

    • Barbara Bowen

      He’s in the HOF because he knows how to spot his horses, and to back off when they need him to do so. You would prefer he blow up his horse and lose a lot of time with him just to prove the peanut gallery wrong?

      • Jack Frazier

        I know that. It would have been interesting. Hard to get outrun in a stall.

        • Barbara Bowen

          Then lets hope Baffert doesn’t send Dortmund to Newmarket and then the Arlington Million.

          • trooper seven

            Pathetic to cling to your version of yesterday…. Hey Ms Bowen–it’s 2016!

          • Barbara Bowen

            Yes! Happy New Year trooper and I hope your holidays were lovely:-)

          • trooper seven


  • share

    Thank you, Bob Baffert for giving Dortmund some breathing room. Horses can’t talk to us, but performance is a sure message from the horse. Better safe than sorry. (Still grieving over Shared Belief). Racehorses of delicate, with all due respect.

    • Marlaine Meeker

      I still can’t get over Shared Belief either. I well up every time I think of him. Does anyone know of burial place or memorial spot? Glad to see CC performing so well.

  • Charles Smith

    The Champ is back and will take all the beating in Dubai. Bob Baffert knows a monster when he sees one. CC’s work was awesome, Baffert is wisely keeping Dortmund clear of Chrome at this stage. He knows now is not the time to confront him. It’s only the first full week of January, but what a blockbuster this year’s BC Classic could be.

    • Brian Shaw

      Not so sure about that. Chrome also worked 6F 1:10 1/5 before the Penn Derby and ran poorly. Chrome won’t be back until we see him race.

      If Dortmund isn’t in %100 race shape it makes perfect sense to not race, especially if his main goals for Dortmund are the $500,000 San Antonio and $1,000,000 Santa Anita Handicap which are much bigger races than the $200,000 San Pasqual.

      • Charles Smith

        CC was under different, money grubbing ownership at the time who jumped at the six figure guarantee PARX paid them. Sure he had a fast work prior to the PARX race, but he was a short horse that day. CC still got a piece of it that day along with the appearance money, so they got the best of both worlds, a race the horse needed and a fat payday. The Champ is back, razor sharp and that’s why BB has looked elsewhere for Dortmund’s next outing.

        • Neigh Sayer

          Chrome was not under different ownership then or now and has the same majority owner throughout his career.

        • Lost In The Fog – Robert Lee

          Huh? Perry Martin was and still is the majority owner and therefore makes the decisions. Nothing about that has changed.

  • Bein

    I don’t blame him for not entering. Dortmund didn’t look good throughout that work and threw out the anchor the second the rider quit riding. I wonder if something is brewing with him.

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