07/31/2013 7:49PM

Del Mar: California Chrome wins Graduation thanks to blinkers, Delgado

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California Chrome wins the Graduation Stakes on Wednesday under Alberto Delgado.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Benefiting from the addition of blinkers and an ideal ride from jockey Alberto Delgado, California Chrome won the first stakes of his career in Wednesday’s $100,250 Graduation Stakes at Del Mar.

California Chrome ($14.40) closed from just off the pace in a field of seven to win the Graduation Stakes for California-breds by 2 3/4 lengths over Moving Desert, a 9-2 shot who raced behind horses on the turn.
Gangnam Guy finished third, followed by Better Bet, Solid Wager, Wille B Awesome and Betting McCann Can. Solid Wager was the 3-1 favorite.

California Chrome ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.48.

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Delgado had California Chrome in fourth and then third in the first three furlongs, stalking Better Bet and Willie B Awesome, who set a pace of 22.32 and 45.82 seconds. Staying outside of rivals, California Chrome took the lead in early stretch and widened his advantage in the final furlong.

For Delgado, formerly based in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Graduation was his first stakes win since the Miss Shenandoah Stakes at Charles Town last September.

Trainer Art Sherman praised Delgado’s ride, saying he wanted California Chrome to race from off the pace.

“The blinkers really moved the horse up,” Sherman said. “I didn’t want him to be on the lead.”

California Chrome, by Lucky Pulpit, races for breeders Perry Martin and Steve Coburn. A winner of 2 of 4 starts and $100,600, California Chrome will be considered for the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 4, Sherman said.

California Chrome won his second start, beating California-bred maidens at Betfair Hollywood Park on May 17. He finished fifth of nine in his stakes debut, the Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes against open company on June 15.

Cavonnier More than 1 year ago
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Benjamin H. More than 1 year ago
Those greedy B A S T A R D S!
jim burke More than 1 year ago
When will horseplayers get some respect from our source the DRF. We now pay $7.50 and we don't even get info concerning horses that are gelded. I don't know the stats on this area but two key winners on the Delmar card Wednesday were recently gelded. Whats up DRF ?
Benjamin H. More than 1 year ago
They are slacking off BIG TIME!
Benjamin H. More than 1 year ago
They have become sloppy & s l a c k i n g off BIG TIME!
jim burke More than 1 year ago
Albert won stakes across the country aboard a nice filly named Colstar for trainer Paul Fout and owner Beverly Steinman. He showed he still has abilities.
Joseph Brown More than 1 year ago
ALBERTO DELGADO!!!! OMG! ..... give me a break.
michael More than 1 year ago
I wondered if that was him. Wow, career resurgence. He was winning at low rates east coast. Glad west coast has livened his career.
John More than 1 year ago
They knew this horse was going to fire, all the payoffs, exacta, DD were slanted to this horse being the "now " horse ......................I kept asking myself, why ride this guy if the horse is live ? Guess I found out !
john p More than 1 year ago
He rode in maryland ,when maryland racing was at it's peak. He was a top rider along with,prado,luzzi,pino!
darren g More than 1 year ago
Alberto is no kid. He is an elder statesman in racing. SoCal is a tough circuit to break into but there are opportunities thanks to missing riders.
Dick More than 1 year ago
Alberto, Tried as hard as anyone I have seen on huge longshots. Give this kid a chance!! Sherman, is always giving him mounts. Way to go Art!
bruce More than 1 year ago
He is like 50
Mark D More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled Alberto was on him. That garanteed the solid win price. Put a big name jock on him and he pays $10 instead of $14.80