11/12/2014 12:07PM

California Chrome likely to run in Hollywood Derby

Tom Keyser
California Chrome most recently finished third in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Hold off for now on that balloting for Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male. California Chrome is scheduled to race one more time this year.

California Chrome, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and third most recently in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is scheduled to make his first start on turf here in the Grade 1, $300,000 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 29, trainer Art Sherman said Wednesday.

“He came out of the Breeders’ Cup great,” Sherman said at Del Mar. “I’m going to work him on the grass here on the 23rd, and if he handles it like I think he will, there’s a good chance he’ll run.”

Sherman has been desirous of trying California Chrome – a son of Lucky Pulpit – on grass and thought that would not come until his 4-year-old year. But Sherman said the way California Chrome came out of the Classic on Nov. 1 gives him the confidence to come back at the end of this month for another start.

“It’s a perfect time to find out if he likes it. And if he does, it gives us many more options for next year,” Sherman said. “The way he travels, I think he’ll really like it. I think he’ll be a grass horse, too.

“He came out of the race really super. I went and saw him at Los Alamitos yesterday, and he was bucking and playing. I wouldn’t do this if he wasn’t up to it. And maybe it’ll help him for Horse of the Year.”

Sherman said the initial main goal for the first part of 2015 remains the Dubai World Cup. He said regardless of the outcome of the Hollywood Derby, his plan is to run California Chrome once at Santa Anita during the winter meeting as a prep for the World Cup, which is March 28.

The Hollywood Derby is at 1 1/8 miles. It had been run at 1 1/4 miles at Hollywood Park, but the configuration of Del Mar’s turf course does not allow for 10-furlong races on turf.

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gone More than 1 year ago
Not uncommon for the female line to be a mystery. Many great horses came from unraced or poor race mares. The 3 females in the first 2 generations are all bad race mares with only 1 win each. Lucky Pulpit's dam's record 6 races 1-1-1 = $9,865. Keep digging and you see the Dam sire was #1 in breeding 2007-2008 and is a full to 2yo champ Rhythm. Grand dam's mom was a beast winning over 200k in the 1980's then dropped multiple stakes horses, one that won stakes on turf from 9f ~ 11f. The odds are against you in these type of bred horses but still a decent chance of coming up with some good horses and Chrome is one of them.
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Something interesting about the sire Lucky Pulpit. In the beginning of his 3YO campaign he contracted a viral infection resulting in permanent respiratory problems. He hardly worked between races because of it. This led to him mainly sprinting and on turf. His respiratory problems limited his ability to go longer. He was pegged early on as a sprint sire because of his race record not his breeding. The stamina is in the breeding as well as being able to handle turf. To me his breeding says any surface about a mile ~ 1-1/8th with enough speed to sprint also. Chrome is his best horse to date and as we know can carry it a bit further. The race on turf going 1-1/8th is actually an ideal spot for Chrome 3rd race back.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Of all 3YO"s this year , CC has shown up just about everywhere and did what he was suppose to do. So what if he has lost 3 of his 4 races. No one has been perfect other SB going into the BC. For the fans, CC is HOY ............
Scott More than 1 year ago
I can't believe how many people are acting like this is too much for California Chrome! He was given a LONG rest in between the Belmont Stakes and the Pennsylvania Derby and really looked like a horse that was not quite at his best in the BCC. Assuming that he can handle the grass (and I think he will), then this makes perfect sense: 3rd race off a nice layoff, doesn't really have to travel and grass races are more forgiving than dirt. The only issue I have with this is that I find turf racing pretty dull in general. If California Chrome loves the surface, then we might lose one of the best dirt horses to the Turf for next year. I don't know about everybody else, but I'm salivating over a proper throw down between Shared Belief and California Chrome several times next year. As for the HOTY debate: CC dominated the news the first half of the season and even his Belmont 4th place finish was not a poor race. The only poor race he ran all year was the Penn. Derby, so he is still a very legitimate candidate for HOTY in my opinion without the Turf Race. Losing to a loose on the lead Bayern in the BCC by a half of a length certainly doesn't erase the fact that he defeated that one in the Preakness by open space and the first halves of the season it's not even close.
S Chronister More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't even call the Penn Derby a poor race. CC lost at the post draw when he got the rail--you didn't have to be a psychic to know that Bayern was going to block the lead and all the others were going to box him in, it was blindingly obvious. He had nowhere to go and was eased back to sixth because there was no point if he couldn't go anywhere. It was bad luck, but certainly not the bad ride or bad effort so many make it out to be. That's just horse racing.
Bill Keating More than 1 year ago
They're going to make poor Chrome run in so many races? Affirmed make 11 starts in his triple crown year and 9 more as a four year old.
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
CC = Cali coat hanger .
mike More than 1 year ago
You used that joke already clown.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Come on Casse. Get the Filly in there and show them who's who.
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S Chronister More than 1 year ago
It's not about HOY. It's about keeping a racehorse that thrives on work in good condition while finding out whether he can run on turf now rather than tossing him into the Arlington Million next year and crossing their fingers.
Claire Baker More than 1 year ago
OMG this sounds perfect for Chrome!! I was thinking after the Breeder's Cup that a turf race would be so good for him. He looks like a grass horse....Thank the Lord for Art Sherman and please tell Perry Martin to be quiet and pay the bills. that should be the extent of his involvement......
Bill Keating More than 1 year ago
I think that I'd be careful about risking Chrome's reputation on that seven furlong bull ring at Del Mar. Some good four year olds could be expected to challenge him and a bad trip might determine the race.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hey people, at least we get one more interesting race to watch this year. Since Breeders it's been lame, and will stay that way until mid March. I'll dabble a little at GP and TAM and read articles on next year's 3 yr olds. That's a very boring winter my friends.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Anonymous, come on...I get your point a bit. But, there are great stakes races every Saturday from different venues. Del Mar is running in the Fall which is new and fun. Turf Paradise is a great place to wager on. Aqueduct will soon be running on the inner track...which will have the greatest speed bias in racing...when they go to the inner, find the quickest horse in the race that's been stopping on the other surfaces...and you'll find they go wire to wire at long odds like clockwork. Cheer up. And yes, GP and Tam are great. Enjoy each day Anonymous...and before you know it. The Kentucky preps will start running. Good luck to you!
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Anonymous= disoriented troll