12/22/2013 10:56PM

Hollywood Park: California Chrome dominates King Glorious Stakes

Benoit & Associates
California Chrome, with Victor Espinoza aboard, became the final stakes winner in Betfair Hollywood Park history when he took the King Glorious Stakes on Sunday.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – California Chrome will forever be known as the final stakes winner in the history of Betfair Hollywood Park. Judging from the way he won Sunday’s $200,500 King Glorious Stakes for 2-year-old California-breds, it will not be the final milestone of his career.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome ($6.40) closed from fourth in a field of 10 to win by 6 1/4 lengths. Sent off favored, California Chrome ran seven furlongs in 1:22.12.

“Victor said he was just cruising,” winning trainer Art Sherman said. “He said, ‘Please put me on more of those.’ ”

Sherman was impressed with Espinoza’s ride. “He gave this horse a good ride,” Sherman said. “He kept him on the outside all the way.”

Life Is a Joy closed from seventh to finish second, a half-length in front of Pray Hard. Better Bet was fourth, followed by Convoy, Aotearoa, Tizouttasight, Alpine Luck, Ghost of Harrenhal, and Smoove It.

California Chrome won the second stakes of his career in the King Glorious. Owned by breeders Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, California Chrome won the Graduation Stakes for California-breds at Del Mar on July 31. He later was sixth after a troubled trip in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 4 and broke slowly in the Golden State Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

“He’s growing, and he’s definitely maturing,” Sherman said. “He’s had some rough trips and a few issues in some of his races.”

By Lucky Pulpit, California Chrome has won 3 of 7 starts and earned $214,850. Sherman said California Chrome will be pointed for the $250,000 California Cup Derby over 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old California-breds at Santa Anita on Jan. 25.

Robert Terry More than 1 year ago
This is going to be a great race horse.
P Davis More than 1 year ago
You were so right! Great prediction!!
derbydannyk More than 1 year ago
I can think of something else he'll forever be known as!
jttf More than 1 year ago
This horse is talented. Easily beat two hollendorfer horses, then another big gap back to the rest of the field. How does hollendorfer totally dominate the Hollywood stakes meet, but can't even win one undercard race during the whole meet ? Trainers and vets have too much control of the results these days. Too bad that California chrome's schedule says that he has been over worked as a two year old.
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
Was very impressed with the ease this colt had winning...no whip .. just riding to the wire but also 1:22 for a 2 year old is as good as it gets.....( Kentucky ???)..needs class check to tell...
P Davis More than 1 year ago
Kentucky YES, Preakness YES, Horse of the YEAR..heck YES!!