The popular son of Lucky Pulpit easily settled in to the routine at Taylor Made, residing in the same stall where he rested up in 2015 prior to resuming his racing campaign the following year.
Lucky Pulpit, the sire of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, died Feb. 13 of an apparent heart attack while covering the first mare of the breeding season, according to Harris Farms, where he's stood his entire career.
California Chrome was named the California-bred Horse of the Year for 2016 at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association's annual meeting and awards dinner Feb. 8 at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena.
- By Steve Haskin
Since last year's Travers Stakes, the racing world has been trying to place Arrogate's astounding feats in historical perspective.
What is extraordinary is the number of pedigree interrelationships that bind most of the champions.
A behind-the-scenes look at the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), the career finale of fan favorite and two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome.
Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome is settling in at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., after arriving Jan. 29. X-rays following his final race are all clear.
- By Steve Haskin
In three races, Arrogate has led all the way, came from third, and came behind from fifth. He’s won being on the inside and won being on the outside, and won his three stakes in three different states in the East, West, and South.
The rematch between Arrogate and California Chrome in the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup drew the best afternoon ratings for a non-Triple-Crown horse race since American Pharoah's victory in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic.
His usual self in his stall in Barn 2 at Gulfstream Park the morning of Jan. 29, two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome awaited a scheduled trip to Taylor Made Farm where he will begin his stallion career.
Doubling down on his brilliant triumph over California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 5, Arrogate made a mockery of the world's richest race when he drew off under Hall of Famer Mike Smith to prevail by open lengths.
For a 1 1/8-mile race, trainers Art Sherman and Bob Baffert will be paying an added level of attention to the start of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
For trainer Art Sherman, Jan. 27 marked one more early morning of welcoming a new day with his once-in-a-lifetime horse California Chrome.
There's nothing like a $12 million race to spur some careful thought from owners and trainers about their horses' racing careers.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the showdown between Arrogate and California Chrome in the Pegasus World Cup.
Love the Chase, dam of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, foaled a Tapit half brother to North America's all-time leading money earner just before midnight Jan. 25.
Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes coverage planned 4:30-6 p.m. Jan. 28.
Less than 15 hours after arriving in South Florida for his 4-year-old debut in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28, Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Arrogate got his first look at Gulfstream Park's main track Jan. 25.
From its use of stakeholders to boost the purse and help recruit horses, alternate entries, and weight allowance for horses racing without race-day furosemide, the Pegasus World Cup will offer innovative ideas on several race condition fronts.
Jockey Mike Smith can't wait to get back aboard Juddmonte Farm's Arrogate to take on two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
With his impressive victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), Arrogate secured the title of 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse, just edging California Chrome.
The Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings is horse racing's equivalent to world rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings or World Golf Rankings.
In many ways the entries alone mark an early "mission accomplished" for the first edition of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) as it has attracted the world's two top dirt horses in training in California Chrome and Arrogate.
Only a handful of hours after California Chrome was feted as the 2016 Horse of the Year, adding that trophy to his 2014 year-end honor, Art Sherman stood in the Gulfstream Park barn area Jan. 22 accepting waves of congratulatory wishes.
California Chrome’s second Horse of the Year honor for 2016--which was awarded to his connections Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park--uniquely situates the chestnut in the history of the game.
California Chrome earned the Eclipse Award for older dirt male Jan. 21, but his connections hope the honor is just the appetizer for the main course of Horse of the Year.
- By Steve Haskin
With all this outpouring of love for California Chrome, where does that leave his nemesis, Arrogate?
California Chrome's final move before he makes his final career start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 was par for the course, as he ripped through five furlongs in :58 4/5.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Jan. 20 that California Chrome's win in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) has been named the 2016 NTRA Moment of the Year.
John C. Oxley's Noble Bird is under consideration for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park following a sharp half-mile work Jan. 15.
- By Steve Haskin
Other than the much anticipated showdown between superstars California Chrome and Arrogate, the rest of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational has been a puzzle
California Chrome will command undivided attention at Gulfstream Park Jan. 14, when Thoroughbred racing's most enduring star is slated to take to the racetrack at 7:30 a.m. ET for a public workout in preparation for the Pegasus World Cup (G1).
On an unseasonably cold morning in South Florida, Pegasus World Cup (G1) contender California Chrome paid his first visit to the Gulfstream Park main track Jan. 8 with a spirited jog.
Trainer Bob Baffert hopes to work Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate Jan. 8 if the weatherman cooperates and conditions at Santa Anita Park are suitable.
California Chrome arrived at Gulfstream Park Jan. 6 to continue preparations for a highly anticipated rematch with Arrogate in the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28.
2016 Eclipse Awards finalists in 17 Equine and Human categories announced on January 5, 2017. Winners will be announced at the 46th annual Eclipse Awards on January 21 at Gulfstream Park.
While most of the main players landed in their expected spots, a few surprises and conspicuous absences were present when the finalists for the 2016 Eclipse Awards were announced Jan. 5.
California Chrome stepped on the track at Los Alamitos Race Course for the last time Jan. 4. He worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I).
NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television—Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), featuring the dramatic duel between Arrogate and California Chrome.
According to final statistics released Jan. 2 by Equibase Company, Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate led all Thoroughbreds in North American earnings with a bankroll of $4,084,600.
A visual look at some of the new stallions for 2017, arranged in alphabetical order.
Footage from California Chrome's work on December 29, 2016 at Los Alamitos and comments from Art Sherman
Rain in the forecast forced a change in California Chrome's training schedule in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I), but it didn't alter the standard mood on the deck at Schwanie's At The Gap Dec. 29.
The visually impressive victory by California Chrome in the Winter Challenge Stakes Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course also proved to be just as strong on paper, with the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit earning the year's top Equibase Speed Figure.
And they're off, and it's Mattress Mac first out of the gate in the inaugural Pegasus Preliminary Probe, Pursuit, and Purchase.
California Chrome, the 5-year-old chestnut champion whose stellar season catapulted him to be North American racing's all-time leading earner, has been selected to receive the 2016 Secretariat Vox Populi, or "Voice of the People," Award.
Los Alamitos Race Course executive Brad McKinzie was significantly upbeat after the last race of Cypress, Calif., racetrack's two-week meet.
California Chrome, the California-bred with an unpretentious pedigree who captured so many hearts during his four seasons of racing, romped in the race that was designed for him to romp in.
Trainers taking on California Chrome in the Winter Challenge Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course, are doing so for various reasons.
California Chrome exercise rider Dihigi Gladney has been around ponies, horses, and a few bulls, throughout his life.
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