California Chrome Wins Again In Awesome Again Stakes
|California Chrome has matured into a powerhouse, just look at him. |
In what can only be described as yet another effortless performance, racing superstar California Chrome was geared down at the wire to win Saturday's Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths over familiar rival Dortmund. Owned by Perry Martin and Taylor Made Farm under the banner California Chrome LLC, the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit cruised on the front end all the way through race under Victor Espinoza, marking a final time of 1:48.07 for nine furlongs over Santa Anita's fast main track. Trained by Art Sherman, the striking chestnut earned another all-expenses-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Classic with his victory, along with maintaining his perfect record through the 2016 season.
“What more can I say?” Sherman asked reporters after the race. “You saw him run today. He kind of scares me.
“It's a dream come true,” the trainer continued. “I never had the ability to buy the most expensive horses. This is just like a gift from . . . I don't know where. Maybe it was just my time to shine. I'm enjoying it, and I'll enjoy seeing his babies years from now.”
“It's tough when I get the one hole and want to try and do something crazy,” Espinoza laughed. “Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. I ran the first part fast yes, but then eased up on him. I didn't want to overuse him today, we've got a big race coming up. It seemed like he was doing everything today very easily. Hopefully he'll run big in the Breeders' Cup coming up soon.”
Bred in California by Steve Coburn and co-owner Perry Martin, California Chrome is the richest active racehorse in the world, with earnings of more than $13 million. He retained his undefeated record with his Awesome Again victory, and moved one step closer to earning the $1 million bonus offered by The Stronach Group and Del Mar to the horse who could capture the Pacific Classic, Awesome Again Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic. Overall, the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner boasts a record of 15 wins from 24 starts.
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