AFTER giving his connections and fans standout victories in the Gr1 Dubai World Cup and the Gr1 TVG Pacific Classic, the great California Chrome will try to extend his perfect 2016 campaign in the richest race ever run in North America.
The 2014 US Horse of the Year looks to continue his undefeated season to seven races when he faces an expected nine rivals in the $6 million Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Classic this Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
“He’s done about everything a horse could do. Should he win the Breeders’ Cup, it would be really a feather in his hat,” said trainer Art Sherman, noting that he sees a better horse going into this year’s Classic than the one who finished third in the 2000m race in 2014 at Santa Anita.
“He’s more mature, bigger, stronger, and you can see it in the way he’s running. He’s pretty well focused. He’s kind of awesome to watch, to be hon-est with you,” Sherman said.
Awaiting California Chrome will be record-setting Gr 1 Travers Stakes winner Arrogate and top East Coast-based handicap horse Frosted. But even in this stellar field, the story starts with California Chrome.
Five-year-old California Chrome has earned $7.11 million in purses this season, surging to the top of the all-time career earnings list for a North American-based horse at $13,432,650. A Classic victory would send his single-season earnings past $10 million, smashing the single-season earnings record for a North American-based horse set just last year by American Pharoah at $8,288,800.
– extracts from Bloodhorse.
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