Midnight Storm was able to parcel his speed effectively while on an easy lead in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) and glided through the stretch in command to post a 17-1 surprise Aug. 31 over the turf.
Order of Finish
|Pos||Horse / Age / Sex / TrueNicks / Pedigree||Jockey / Trainer||Margin||Earnings|
|SCR||Home Run Kitten|
Dual classic winner California Chrome had his first five-furlong workout since returning to training at Los Alamitos Race Course Aug. 29, covering the distance handily in 1:01 flat with regular rider Victor Espinoza aboard.
Enterprising will attempt to become the fourth horse in Del Mar history to sweep the 3-year-old grass series for males when he tackles seven opponents in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Aug. 31.
The series of 35 select races--19 "Prep Season" races and 16 "Championship Series" events--is used to determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Watch Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman bid Steve farewell as And They're Off moves to the next chapter with Lenny's Place. The duo discuss the Travers S., Jimmy Jerkens, Tom Durkin, and the top 8 reasons Steve is leaving. watch video
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens had the best horse in the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), but it wasn't the one everyone was betting on.
On his second morning in Saratoga Aug. 22, California shipper Bayern galloped 1 1/2 miles over the main track after the renovation break in preparation for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I).
The morning after his connections selected the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) for his return race, California Chrome picked up his pace at Los Alamitos Race Course Aug. 22 with a bullet half-mile drill.
TimeformUS looks at the Travers and the Pacific Classic. read blog
2014 Travers Stakes favorite Bayern gets a bath on Aug. 22, 2014, at Saratoga. Watch Video
By a 10-furlong grade I winner out of a mare by a Derby and Belmont Stakes winner, with a second dam who was a graded stakes winner at 10 furlongs, Bayern illustrates the difficulties of interpreting modern U.S. pedigrees.
On paper, the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course appears to be a three-horse race among Bayern, Tonalist, and Wicked Strong, there are several improving 3-year-olds who could be potential upsetters.
California Chrome, unlikely hero of the Triple Crown series who won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make his return from a brief layoff in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Evan Hammonds handicap the exciting Travers Stakes at Saratoga this week. Will you pick the Jim Dandy Stakes winner? watch video
Grade I winner Bayern, 2-1 morning-line favorite for the upcoming $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 20 around 4 p.m.
- By Steve Haskin
First, Bayern is going to be very tough on an uncontested lead, especially breaking from post 2 and with a stone closer, Commanding Curve, inside him. Second, Tonalist and Wicked Strong are both sitting on big efforts. read blog
Shared Belief, last year's 2-year-old champion male, takes on older horses in the 1 1/4-mile TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 24 at Del Mar.
Another California legislative session will draw to close at the end of August without action on an Internet poker bill, but in this instance, it is a victory for the state's racing industry.
California Chrome on track at Los Alamitos on August 15, 2014. Includes comments from trainer Art Sherman. Video Courtesy Los Alamitos Watch Video
Getting back into a regular work pattern, California Chrome put in a maintenance drill at Los Alamitos Racecourse the morning of Aug. 15, covering four furlongs handily in :50 2/5.
California's State Capitol went all Chrome on Thursday, Aug. 14 as proud legislators paid tribute to the state's Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.
- By Frank Angst
While Steve Coburn said they had Triple Crown dreams from the start, the partners also were thinking about the Breeders' Cup World Championships for California Chrome. read blog
Rallying from last on the backstretch, favored Enterprising found room between horses in the drive and powered his way to victory in the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) as racing returned to the turf at Del Mar.
Dual classic winner California Chrome turned in his first workout since the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), breezing three furlongs handily the morning of Aug. 8 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is expected to return to the worktab for the first time since running fourth in the Belmont Stakes when he breezes Aug. 8 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
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