Nearly five months have passed since a horse named California Chrome made his bid to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978. Chrome’s shot at horseracing immortality was dashed at the Belmont Stakes on June 7, but the colt that was bred, birthed (foaled), and initially raised at Harris Farms in Coalinga, still grabs the attention today of racing fans and non-racing fans alike.
After the Belmont, California Chrome returned to Coalinga for a five-week freshening and has raced only once since. In that race -- the Pennsylvania Derby -- the colt from Coalinga finished a disappointing sixth place. But he is now poised to redeem himself on November 1 when he runs in the Breeder’s Cup at Santa Anita Park racetrack.
Harris Farms webpage provides a detailed overview of Chrome’s conditioning and practice runs leading up to the race. So far, his trainer, Art Sherman, has been enthusiastic in his assessment of the horse’s conditioning in advance of the Breeder’s Cup. "I've been pumped up ever since we've gotten back in training (following the Pennsylvania Derby)," Sherman said. "I noticed his attitude is different; he wants to do something, I know he's run big at Santa Anita, so it'll be like going back to his home track."
You can catch California Chrome in the Breeder’s Cup this Saturday, November 1. First post time is at 10:15 a.m.
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