03/25/2015 9:06AM

California Chrome lands outside in Dubai World Cup

Mathea Kelley/Dubai Racing Club
California Chrome, shown working at Meydan, has eight rivals in the Dubai World Cup.

The California-bred with the humble pedigree and the first-time, one-in-a-million owners always has been a racing outsider, and so it will be Saturday night at Meydan Racecourse when California Chrome breaks from post 9 in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

A final field of nine was announced and post positions drawn late Wednesday afternoon at Meydan, and California Chrome will be loaded last into post 9. There does not appear to be a great deal of pace in the World Cup, and though inside posts have done better than outside during the Meydan racing season, California Chrome should be just fine provided  he and jockey Victor Espinoza break cleanly and secure a favorable forward position before hitting the first turn.

“The horse has some serious speed,” co-owner Steve Coburn said after the draw. “He can get out there.”

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Outside may well be better than inside for California Chrome, the derailment of whose Triple Crown began in the Belmont Stakes from post 2. The colt’s other subpar performance last year, a sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby, came from post 1.

Lea, the other horse to ship from the U.S. for this race last week, breaks from post 5. Lea is the second choice in antepost World Cup betting, California Chrome the defined favorite. The rest of the field is Prince Bishop (post 1) Hokko Tarumae (2), African Story, (3), Side Glance (4), Candy Boy (6), Long River (7), and Epiphaneia (8).

The World Cup is the last of eight races, seven for Thoroughbreds and one for Arabians, here Saturday night. First post is 8 a.m. Eastern and the World Cup goes at 1 p.m. The forecast is ideal, a high of 82 during the day giving way to temperatures in the 70s by World Cup time. No rain is forecast. The turf should be good to firm, the dirt fast.

The World Cup is preceded by two $6 million, Group 1 Turf races, the Sheema Classic at about 1 1/2 miles, and the Dubai Turf at about 1 1/8 miles. The Sheema Classic, with nine entrants, is excellent, and part of that is due to the presence of the American-based turf star Main Sequence, who will break from post 5. The rest of the Sheema field, from the rail out, is Sheikhzayedroad, Dolniya, True Story, Flintshire, One and Only, Designs on Rome, Just the Judge, and Harp Star.

There also is a U.S.-based runner in the Dubai Turf, Mshawish, who drew favorably in post 3, from which he can get covered up early. Euro Charline, the 2014 Beverly D. winner, has post 1, and outside of her come Umgiyo, Earnshaw, Limario, The Grey Gatsby, Trade Storm, Cladocera, and Farraaj.

The three Americans in the $2 million Golden Shaheen at about six furlongs on dirt are lined up adjacently, Salutos Amigos in post 5, Big Macher in 6, and Secret Circle in 7.

A full field of 16 will contest the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint over about five furlongs on turf, and American invader Green Mask was the unfortunate recipient of the inside draw in a race where outside posts are preferred. The other U.S.-based runner, Distinctiv Passion, got one of those, and should be on the lead from post 14. Early favorite Peniaphobia has post 16, which is not a bad draw in this race.

Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Hello Ascot!
Frank More than 1 year ago
I want to see Colburn run out of Saudi. He needs to be sent back to the garbage dump trailer he came from.
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Frank More than 1 year ago
I noticed you get very defensive and mad whenever someone makes a comment about that loser. The man is garbage -- Once you say something and show your true colors like he did you cant take it back and say that isnt really him. And with him he not only did it after the race -- he went on national TV the next day and continued his rant. You want me to believe he is sincere in retracting just because he talked to some PR person who told him to do that? Sorry he is a bad excuse for a human being and you are also for defending him.
mike More than 1 year ago
You're a bad excuse to continue to rain on his parade. Do you own a horse anywhere near Chrome? I meant exactly what I stated about you living in trailer park. Are you honestly arrogant enough to think everyone agrees with you? Regarding Coburn's mistakes, why don't we look at some of yours? Unless you consider yourself perfect. I don't care for trolls and if we bumped into one another I would say it to your face not behind a keyboard. East coast bias.
mike More than 1 year ago
You're a serious joke. Don't lose site on the fact he has the horse and is in Dubai going for a 6 mil paycheck.
Frank More than 1 year ago
The racing gods will answer tomorrow. I feel bad for the horse being that he is owned by idiot undeserving owner. I love CC and always wish the best for the HORSE. Now as far as this owner -- he deserves nothing!
mike More than 1 year ago
You're a worthless liar,you care nothing about the horse. Bet if we bumped into one another one of us would get their feelings hurt.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Don't feel bad for the horse Frank, CC is better taken care of than you ! Its obvious where you come from. Only an idiot would say such as you do......
mike More than 1 year ago
Billy, He's a major jealous troll. I'd have a heart attack if he actually said anything ever that makes sense.
mike More than 1 year ago
You rail on Coburn regarding his "mistakes",might be interesting to look at some of yours. Don't throw stones while living in a glass house.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Coburn is a lousy person. There report me again to DRF so you can protect your idiot!
mike More than 1 year ago
Frank, you're no racing fan,just someone attempting to cause discord on DRF. You ever make a mistake? Why don't you answer my question coward?
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Really?!?? Such a stupid comment.
mike More than 1 year ago
jtim11 More than 1 year ago
these are the days I dream of exchange wagering in USA,to make a tidy profit playing against this chrome horse...
Gerardo Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
What about African Story was the last Champion, don't underestimate this horse maybe is the sleeper will see Saturday Good Luck
Gerardo Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
WHAT ABOUT African Story last year Champion, is in good form
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
I'm going to shampoo my hair with some Alberto Vo2 max then wash down some toast with lactaid free x4 milk Saturday... That should help me pick more winners
Mark Brown More than 1 year ago
I am a show bettor. Show prices are going to pay minimum of $5 to $6 My $1000 Wager. $250 California Chrome #9 $250 Prince Bishop #1 $500 Lea #5
Frank More than 1 year ago
Great call Mark -- You are a nice Winner! Not sure which idiots gave you the thumbs down -- they are just jealous haters -- most all horseplayers are jealous of a another winner.
Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
$3 show on California Chrome. Vince
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
vinny, don't spend all ur money on one race.
Mark Brown More than 1 year ago
you know how many bridge jumpers are going to lay on that horse.
jakwebb444 . More than 1 year ago
Whaaaat!! U can't even get a pack of cigarettes with that measly return.....
Timothy TJ Trahey More than 1 year ago
Superfecta..All /3,9 /All / All...and All / Al l/ 3,9/ All.
Barry Morrison More than 1 year ago
A safe trip to all in all the races. I hope every race is cleanly run and there are no excuses for any of the results.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
There will be no shortage of excuses. It's part of the human DNA. Only question remains how dumb & mundane will they be.