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California Chrome Sharp in San Felipe Drill

California Chrome wins 2014 Cal Cup Derby
Photo: Benoit Photo
California Chrome worked six furlongs at Los Alamitos Saturday morning in 1:11.80 under regular rider Victor Espinoza as the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit moved closer to a start in the Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 8.

“I’m real happy with the work,” trainer Art Sherman said. “I got him galloping out seven furlongs in 1:25. He’ll have one more breeze at Los Al and we’ll ship to Santa Anita five days before the race for schooling and final preparations. Victor said he went really nice.”

Meanwhile, on Friday, Shared Belief shipped from Santa Anita to Golden Gate Fields in the Northern California town of Berkeley.

The undefeated Eclipse Award winner as male 2-year-old champion of 2013, who had been a Future Book favorite for the Kentucky Derby, has been recovering from a quarter crack on his right front foot.

While he had been galloping on Santa Anita’s conventional dirt track, the gelded son of Candy Ride had not had a recorded workout since January 3. His last victory came on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track in the Grade I CashCall Futurity on Dec. 14. Golden Gate’s main track is a synthetic surface known as “Tapeta.”

“I need to try something different,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said when asked about the move.

FrontRunner Stakes winner Bond Holder, who had shipped to Louisiana for today’s Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds, is due back in California Sunday after an eventful trip.

“He Fed Exed to New Orleans and had a rough flight to say the least,” explained Dennis O’Neill, brother of Doug O’Neill, who trains the Virginia-bred son of Mineshaft for J. Paul Reddam.

“The horse got banged up. He cut himself and we just decided not to run him. He wasn’t right. He’ll be home Sunday and we’ll sit down and re-evaluate. Hopefully, we’ll breeze him the following week and run (in the San Felipe) if all goes well.”



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Older Comments about California Chrome Sharp in San Felipe Drill...

the news/update on Shared Belief doesn't seem very promising..at least not for the Derby.
Is that all you can get from King jerry????
Love to hear that Cal Chrome is training well for the S. Felipe, I got him at 30-1 in KDFW Pool 2.

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