CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:13.80;
SHIPS TUESDAY FOR RETURN IN PENNSYLVANIA DERBY
CYPRESS, Calif. ---In his final work before he resumes his racing career in the Grade II, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby Sept. 20, 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome drilled six furlongs in 1:13.80 Saturday morning at Los Alamitos.
Away since finishing in a dead heat for fourth in the Belmont Stakes June 7, the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, who has been stabled at Los Alamitos since early in the year, turned in splits of 25.40 for the opening quarter, 49.60 for a half-mile and five furlongs in 1:01.80. According to Los Alamitos clocker Russ Hudak, California Chrome galloped out seven furlongs in 1:27.80.
â€œVery nice, very nice,â€™â€™ said trainer Art Sherman of the coltâ€™s latest exercise. â€œI thought he did it well in hand. I didnâ€™t want to go as fast today. I wanted more air into him. He kicked it in. He went the last eighth of a mile in 12 (seconds) and galloped out a mile in 1:43.â€™â€™
A winner of eight of 13 and earnings of $3,532,108, California Chrome will ship to Parx Tuesday (Sept. 16) for the 1 1/8 mile Derby at the Bensalem, Pa. track.
â€œWeâ€™ll gallop him over the track to see how he handles it, then school him, stand him in the gate, walk through the paddock, just basic stuff,â€™â€™ said Sherman. â€œHeâ€™s not going to need anything else.â€™â€™