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.
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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.
No show or place bets will be taken if California Chrome starts in the Dec. 17 Winter Challenge at Los Alamitos.
Los Alamitos Race Course's outside-the-box tactic of offering at least $10,000 to any horse that finishes the Winter Challenge accomplished its goal--to draw competition for California Chrome.
A group of 32 horses, ranging from a trio grade III winners to an 0-for-12 maiden, have been nominated to possibly take on California Chrome in the $100,000 Winter Challenge Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
The first quarter went in :24.95 and the half in :48.90. With a quick tap from regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney at the eighth pole, the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit finished up the five furlongs in 1:00.67.
Trainer Art Sherman received a standing ovation and proved a popular recipient of the Big Sport of Turfdom Award, given by the Turf Publicists of America at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
The assumption many have made about Los Alamitos Race Course's $100,000 Winter Challenge Dec. 17, a race written specifically to serve as a prep for California Chrome, is that will be a "paid workout" for the 2014 Horse of the Year.
The Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) already looks like a match race on paper. Why not just officially make it a two-horse race?
A pair of grade I races for 2-year-olds and an anticipated start by California Chrome highlight the 2016 Winter meet at Los Alamitos.
The slow-early, quick-late drills have been standard for the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit, so when he powered through the stretch to stop the clock in :47.46 for a half-mile Saturday, with a final furlong in :11.10, it was par for the course.
The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced Nov. 22 that Art Sherman, trainer of champion and all-time North American earnings leader California Chrome, will be honored with the 2016 Big Sport of Turfdom Award.
California Chrome went about his business Saturday in his standard fashion, how trainer Art Sherman and assistant Alan Sherman have trained him consistently during his 2016 campaign--relaxed early and quick late.
The 2014 Horse of the Year has raced at eight different racetracks in five different states and overseas in Dubai, but has never competed at his Cypress, Calif., home. That may change Dec. 17, if all goes as planned.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner dethrones California Chrome, who led eight previous editions of this year's Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings.
California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, will stand his first season at Taylor Made Farm in 2017 for an advertised fee of $40,000, Taylor Made president Duncan Taylor confirmed Nov. 8 during the opening session of the Keeneland November sale.
All one say is, what manner of horse is Arrogate? Two races hardly defines a career, but after an artist paints two masterpieces, one can hardly wait to see what emerges from his next blank canvas.
With Arrogate’s scintillating victory over Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic fresh in the minds of buyers, the dams of both horses are among the top horses to watch during Fasig-Tipton’s November sale.
Claire Novak recaps what's next for Breeders' Cup Classic contenders Arrogate and California Chrome.
Trainer Art Sherman said California Chrome will train up to the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
Claire Novak recaps Arrogate's victory in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic over California Chrome.
Arrogate came roaring down the Santa Anita Park stretch to catch champion California Chrome in the final strides.
California Chrome has a chance at redemption—the rarest of opportunities in today’s racing—when he starts in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, the same race and site where he finished a close third to Bayern in 2014.
Thoroughbred Charities of America's "An Evening with California Chrome" fundraising event was a big hit Nov. 2 in Arcadia, Calif.
The stars will be out in force Saturday, as California Chrome, Arrogate, Tepin, Lady Eli, Flintshire, Frosted and a host of Aidan O'Brien horses, headed by iron filly Found, will be on display in what promises to be a memorable day of racing.
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