Description: California Chrome (CA) CH, H, foaled February 18, 2011 (Lucky Pulpit - Love the Chase, by Not For Love) is 'driving' towards the Grade I Pacific Classic August 20th at Del Mar where he should meet up again with Dortmund & Beholder, among others. California Chrome wins the 8.5 furlong $200K Grade II San Diego Handicap in a prolonged stretch drive at Del Mar July 23, 2016. Regular rider Victor Espinoza and California Chrome tracked the pace set by Dortmund into the Clubhouse turn and up the back stretch. California Chrome moved up nearing the quarter pole and hit the front. Dortmund fought back and the two of them battled down the stretch to the wire. California Chrome got the victory by a 1/2 length. It was 7 1/4 lengths further back to Win The Space in 3rd. Track announcer Trevor Denman made the call 'Dortmund is running his heart out', indeed, in a post race interview jockey Gary Stevens said '... He (Dortmund) ran that last quarter-mile on heart." Dortmund set fractions of :23.47, :47.02, and 1:10.51 and the pair hit the 8 furlong marker in 1:34.49. California Chrome stopped the timer in 1:40.84, .84 off the track record. He is undefeated with 4 wins in his 5 year old year included the world's richest race, the Dubai World Cup March 26th at Meydan. California Chrome is 13-3-1 from 22 starts and he has earned $12,652,650. He is the richest Thoroughbred race horse in history, he accomplished that feat with his victory in the Dubai World Cup surpassing Champion Curlin's earnings of $10,501,800. California Chrome took a short van ride back to his Los Alamitos headquarters Sunday morning. Trainer Art Sherman said of California Chrome before his trip home '...Chrome looked good this morning, I was really happy with the way he recovered. I thought he'd be dead in the water after that trip. I was amazed by his vitality this morning". California Chrome remains atop the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll for the 21st consecutive week. California Chrome was bred by Perry Martin & Steve Coburn and he is owned by California Chrome, LLC (Martin Racing & Taylor Made Farm). Drawing by Daily Racing Funnies ®.
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