Chris Hartman brought a string to Del Mar this year, but one in that group stood out. The trainer calls Black Hawk Stables' Alsvid the "head dog" of his stable and he'll try to earn his first top-level score in the Bing Crosby (gr. I).
- By Steve Haskin
Just as rare is the scenario that is about to unfold. Boy vs. boy on top of boy vs. boy vs. girl; all three with serious designs on Horse of the Year honors, and two of the three already virtual shoo-ins for the Hall of Fame.
California Chrome and California Diamond were the stars of the Barretts paddock sale July 23, held immediately after the races at Del Mar.
The Del Mar crowd roared as California Chrome put a head in front of Dortmund in the final turn of the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 23, but little did they know the battle they were in store for in the stretch.
Back in his namesake state for more than three months now, California Chrome is set to resume his 2016 campaign July 23 in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, where he'll take on fellow multiple grade I winner Dortmund.
California Chrome remains the leading Thoroughbred in North America in the weekly NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll released July 18.
Although Art Sherman was considering running California Chrome in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) and Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar this summer without Lasix, the trainer said July 17 he'll likely use it as a precaution.
If there were any lingering doubts about California Chrome's condition in preparation for the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) after some less than sparkling recent workouts at Los Alamitos, he put those concerns away in a July 16 breeze at Del Mar.
After winning the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) by 14 1/4 lengths, Frosted finds himself as co-second-highest rated horse in the world and is the biggest mover in the fifth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016.
Majority owners Perry and Denise Martin and Taylor Made Stallions announced that California Chrome will run to benefit cancer research, as a portion of his earnings through the remainder of his racing career will be committed to the charity.
Art Sherman didn't get what he wanted out of California Chrome during his workout July 2, so he made sure he got it July 9, in the chestnut's final drill at Los Alamitos before shipping south to Del Mar for the San Diego Handicap (gr. II).
Lack of 3-year-old races force sophomores to hit the road
Trainer Art Sherman has said for weeks leading up to California Chrome's next start in the July 23 San Diego Handicap (gr. II)—when the blinkers go on, that's when things get serious.
Tarabilla Farms' Melatonin, now three-for-three at Santa Anita Park in 2016 after his second grade I win of the year June 25 in the Gold Cup, came out of the 1 1/4-mile race in good order, according to trainer David Hofmans June 26.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got up just in time to win the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 25 at Santa Anita Park.
California Chrome works at Los Alamitos on June 25, 2016. Courtesy Los Alamitos Race Course.
Another week, another performance from Los Alamitos Race Course's resident superstar in front of some of his most loyal fans.
Lord Nelson steps back into graded company and Kobe's Back hopes to rebound in the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 25 at Santa Anita Park.
If the 1 1/4 miles truly is his sweet spot, Melatonin should be primed for another big run in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I) June 25, a "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
As Art Sherman prepares California Chrome for his next start in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) with weekly timed workouts, the trainer seems to be more concerned with what happens after the wire than before.
The 35-year-old program at the Kentucky Horse Park offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to people of all ages. The halters are part of the silent auction in CKRH's annual gala fundraiser, Night of the Stars.
California Chrome took his weekly step toward his next start in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) with a five-furlong workout in 1:01 June 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings has a new horse, A Shin Hikari, in the top spot. The 5-year-old son of Deep Impact impressively won his first start of the year in the Prix d’Ispahan (Fr-I).
Midnight Storm lost the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) last year by a half-length, but this time he would not be denied.
California Chrome works in the fog at Los Alamitos on June 4, 2016. Includes footage before and after the work, and comments from Art Sherman. Courtesy Los Alamitos Race Course.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|California Chrome||Art Sherman||
|Home Run Kitten||David E. Hofmans||
|Kristo||John W. Sadler||
|Midnight Hawk||Bob Baffert||
|Recanted||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Sawyer's Hill||Kristin Mulhall||
|Schoolofhardrocks||Brian A. Lynch||
|Unstoppable Colby||D. Wayne Lukas||
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