01/31/2016 11:35AM

California Chrome works half-mile in Dubai

Barbara D. Livingston
California Chrome, winner of the San Pasqual in his first start this year, worked four furlongs in 48 seconds Sunday at Meydan.

California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, worked a half-mile in 48 seconds at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on Sunday, his first workout since arriving in the country on Jan. 22 for a two-race campaign in coming months.

Ridden by regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, California Chrome galloped out six furlongs in 1:13, according to Alan Sherman, assistant trainer to his father, Art Sherman. Alan Sherman has been in Dubai since California Chrome’s arrival on Jan. 22.

California Chrome is scheduled to start in a $150,000 handicap at Meydan on Feb. 25, a prep for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26. Last year, California Chrome finished second to Prince Bishop in the Dubai World Cup in his what would be his final start of 2015. In his lone start this year, California Chrome won the Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 9.

Art Sherman spoke with Alan Sherman early on Sunday morning about California Chrome’s condition.

“He said he’s a beast and really training good,” Art Sherman said.

Art Sherman said he plans to travel to Dubai for both races.

Owned by Perry Martin and Taylor Made Farms, California Chrome, a 5-year-old California-bred, has won 10 of 19 starts and earned $6,442,650.