04/01/2015 12:33PM

California Chrome could make European debut in Lockinge Stakes

Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club
California Chrome is at Newmarket with trainer Rae Guest.

California Chrome has taken up residence in the Newmarket yard of trainer Rae Guest, will get a break from serious training, and could make his next start May 16 in the J.T. Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, where he would meet Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Karakontie.

The decision to send California Chrome to England from Dubai, where he finished second Saturday night to Prince Bishop in the $10 million Dubai World Cup, apparently was made by majority owner Perry Martin. Minority owner Steve Coburn preferred an American campaign for the 2014 Horse of the Year, while trainer Art Sherman only found out Sunday morning that California Chrome would not be returning to California from Dubai.

Sherman will remain the trainer of record for California Chrome. His son and assistant, Alan, is scheduled to travel to England and check on the colt in about one month, according to Guest. Robbie Mills, who works as an exercise rider for Sherman, will ride California Chrome when he resumes training later this month, Guest said. Guest said he will slowly introduce California Chrome to the daily conditions he’ll encounter at Newmarket, which radically differ from the colt’s day-to-day routine in the U.S.

The Lockinge, at one mile, would serve as a prep for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at the Royal Ascot meet but would be a tough test in its own right, having been won by luminaries such as Frankel in recent seasons, and with the formidable Karakontie pointing that way.

California Chrome is 1 for 1 on turf, having captured the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby last December, but the competition he’ll face in England is orders of magnitude more challenging.

Animal Kingdom in 2013 took a similar path, shipping from Dubai to England and training there for a start in the Queen Anne Stakes on opening day of Royal Ascot, but he could only finish 11th in that race.

Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
After 2-3 months in England on the Gallops, this horse will be extremely race fit. Come home, and win the Million at Arlington in August.
Beverly Bonneau More than 1 year ago
Media was usually there to video Chromes work outs and we got to watch some work outs. When he was done, horses would start piling on the track and CC seemed to stay calm. Just LOOKS, Watches. Never bolts. Great idea having Chrome follow another horse to learn the gallops. He'd be fine. We saw a video of him breezing, wide open and passed a horse and he was fine. Very well trained. OR just has that...."yup, this is what we all do" way about him. When MY TB's head goes up high like that and he's got his eyes on something.....I'm getting ready ....he usually does bolt. I'm amazed at Chrome. Very well behaved. Those gallops look perfect for building stamina and conditioning. I have a feeling he'll love it. I watched the Prince of Wales race and Lockinge race. They don't hug the rail. Stay more in the middle.
Richard More than 1 year ago
make no mistake here, cc has been SOLD.. so let it be, this is a good decision.$$$ talks and BS walks..
Dale Normanson More than 1 year ago
Dear Perry Martin, We hate you. s\ America
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
Dale nobody gives two F's what you think. Your 1 thumbs up shows how much support you have from "America"
michael walls More than 1 year ago
On the rare occasion where an obscurely bred horse turns out to be a real runner, you hope that fortune will place it in deserving and appreciative hands- didn't happen here. These guys will squeeze every $ out of the horse, which is their right because Chrome is , after all, their " property " , to be used however they please.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
if he glides across the grass the way he did in his only grass race like last time, I could not see him finishing at least in the top 4 easily. I just pray his legs hold up because he sure has been running his *** off!
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
I believe horse is a conditional sale. Scope. Vet checks and soon will be a announcement in future. We shall c
mike More than 1 year ago
Beverly Bonneau More than 1 year ago
Being shipped to a new place horses ALWAYS have a vet check and blood draw, and kept in quarantine separate from other horses. AFTER each race right away, In the USA anyway, ALL horses have a blood draw AND urine sample/ drug check. Make sure he wasn't on drugs when he won. NORMAL.. Dubai was the same. That's why all new horses GO in Quarantine and have blood work/vet checks where ever they go. CC and Merza just got to England from Dubai. Vet check and blood work and in Quarantine. It's NORMAL. Good Lord. Guess you don't own a horse. That's ok, but it's quite a normal thing to do. Keep them separated from the main barn's horses until proven clean. Following Chromes new work out/ exercise program would be more fun and a more rewarding experience THAN following idle gossip and rumors.
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
It just seems like everyone is ready to handle pitchforks and protest outside Martin's house. As long as the horse is healthy, I don't see why taking a shot at Ascot is that bad even if they lose.
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
Martin should then shoot tear gas at them all. people and their self entitlement to things that are NOT theirs.
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Tom Hickey More than 1 year ago
Nov 29. Hollywood Derby. as for his sire prospects, they are trying but at the end of the day, not a concern for me. Hope he runs some good races.
peterampm More than 1 year ago
You're likely correct about never being a BIG ticket sire, but you don't have much else right in your post. First if you examine CC's 5 gen pedigree there is lots to like and it comes as no surprise that he can handle pretty much any surface and can certainly win @ 11/4 distance. Any winner of the Kentucky Derby is special, and to follow it up with a win in the Preakness 2 weeks later elevates the colt to another level! If he fails to make an impact abroad they will simply bring him home and map out a fall campaign for him. Given that he will never be a BIG ticket sire they likely will race him again next year, to continue their once in a lifetime jackpot ride with this very good horse who they bred. I will give you this, Martin has behaved like a loudmouth boorish drunk, and should stay away from microphones and reporters. I see some similarities with a horse from my early days. Carry Back was a modestly bred undersized colt no one thought much of except his owner trainer Jack Price. Won the Derby and Preakness. Finished I believe 3rd in the Belmont. Price to him to Europe to run in the Arc, where he acquitted himself quite well. Returned home to compete against the likes of Kelso Crozier Guadacanal etc. And on any given day was capable of winning, while always being competitive against the top handicap horses in the world. I see no reason why CC couldn't have a similar career.
mike More than 1 year ago
Your mouth is a sewer. You certainly had it wrong with your Jersey accent whining that "Chrome wouldn't hit the board" for Dubai. Let me dumb it down for you,Martin is from CHICAGO. Tell me is Chicago hillbilly?
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Smart men know to NEVER utter the word NEVER no matter what the odds are. It' s just smart business sense to NEVER go on record about the unknown just because... "Anything that can happen, will happen, given enough time."
mike More than 1 year ago
Meydan,you display as always knowledge.
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
no way he wins across the pond,soft turf,will not be his game. I can't believe how mismanaged this horse is. after the turf failure they will ship a damaged horse back to Sherman and off to the breeding shed. that turf race he won was on a cement turf course against unworthy competition,a filly chased him home. yesterday when I read this I thought it was an april fools joke!! but the truth,what a shame to do this to this horse.
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
My take is that CC has the action to win on soft turf. I also believe that he carrys the big heart/big lung gene and will pass it on to his prodigy.
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
dave we can agree to disagree,he is naturally a fast horse,i always thought his stamina might be a ?,Belmont stakes as an example. his main advantage would be speed and it means absolutely nothing in euro turf races. euros are trained for endurance and I am absolutely positive cc is out of his game in euro racing.time will tell and we will find out soon enough. I hope they change their mind and bring him home
Beverly Bonneau More than 1 year ago
That is why he's there .......to train on it. If you go to the Newmarket video's on YouTube...that "grass" is well maintained. AND....I have NEVER ever seen a horse NOT love being turned out to REAL pasture. No accidents, no slips. Horses aren't dumb and WILL take care of them selves, you know. Do you follow horse racing? Well, everybody wants a horse that will WIN the Kentucky derby. THAT is a hard race to win. LONG race and usually has the best horses in it. Preakness, same thing. CC left them in the dust. In a horse race......they have speed......but idle until near that final turn THEN they have to have the speed to take it down the stretch. I'm sure CC will pin in the English races. Their racing is totally different from ours. More of a Sprint. I think, after he trains with Rae, on Newmarkets courses/gallops....he'll get built back up. Inside and out. YES.....I do agree....his legs are TIRED. HEY, when we people sprint, you're using STOMACHE muscles, hell, every muscle in your body. So his muscles need resting. Perry should boot out some money for a couple messages for him. I'm surprised he hasn't snapped a tendon here and there. HE loves racing and always kicks into another gear. Doesn't think about injury. The Trainer DOES watch out for that. So he'll be fine. HELL, this course/gallops is amazing. TB's love to jog and gallop. He'll be in heaven there. Like away at a spa. Even if he didn't race. This training is well worth the money to get him BACK in shape. And NOTHING at all bad about racing over sea's. More USA and other countries horses there than HERE.