California Chrome 'Ready to Roll'
October 25, 2014 11:46am
California Chrome gallops at Belmont Park (5-29-14).
Photo: chelsea durand, NYRA
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome had his final major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic Saturday at his Los Alamitos headquarters, going five furlongs in 59.60 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.
“Unbelievable” is how Alan Sherman summed up the move. “He’s ready to roll. We’re really happy with him.” The son of and assistant to trainer Art Sherman said California Chrome is scheduled to leave Los Alamitos around 5 a.m. tomorrow and arrive at Santa Anita about an hour later. “The Classic should be a great race,” he added.
Los Alamitos head clocker Russ Hudak echoed Alan Sherman’s sentiments on the workout. “I would agree with him,” Hudak said. “California Chrome has really moved forward. This was a step up, the best he’s done since coming back from Philadelphia (where finished sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 20).”
California Chrome’s fractional times, according to the teletimer observed by Hudak, were 24 1/5 and 48 flat, with a six-furlong gallop out of 1:12.

In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Jerry Hollendorfer is pleased with Shared Belief as the undefeated male 2-year-old champion of 2013 awaits the Classic, with potential Horse of the Year and 3-Year-Old of the Year on the line for the Candy Ride gelding.
“It’s been a long journey, but we’re right on our schedule, so we’ll just see if we can follow through,” the Hall of Fame trainer said.
On Belmont Park’s main track, Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist worked five furlongs for the Classic in 1:01.75 for Christophe Clement.
Other Breeders’ Cup workers at Santa Anita Saturday included Big Macher (Sprint), who went four furlongs for Richard Baltas with Tyler Baze up in 47.40. “He was just cruising,” Baltas said of the California-bred son of Beau Genius. “Tyler had him three or four (lanes) off the rail and was just sitting on him.
“It wasn’t as impressive as his last work (a bullet 58.60 last Sunday) but that was kind of by design. He finished up great and he came out of it good. He went the last eighth in 11 flat. Tyler is really happy with the horse. The horse’s weight is better; he looks good.”
Also: Santa Anita Sprint Championship winner Rich Tapestry worked five furlongs in 1:01 under exercise rider Vincent Sit. “I’m very happy; he went very smooth,” said trainer Leonard Powell, deputizing for trainer Michael Chang who is due in Monday from Hong Kong.
Fed Biz (Dirt Mile) worked four furlongs in company for Bob Baffert in 46.80 with Martin Garcia up. Workmate Declassify was caught in the same time.
Prayer for Relief (Classic) went four furlongs for Dale Romans in 47.40; Daddy D T (Juvenile Turf) worked five furlongs for John Sadler in 1:02; Golden Ticket (Dirt Mile) went five furlongs for Ken McPeek in 59 flat; Cristina’s Journey (Juvenile Fillies), five furlongs in a minute flat for Romans; and Home Run Kitten (Turf Sprint) five furlongs in 59.40 for David Hofmans with Joe Talamo in the irons.
On Santa Anita’s firm turf course, Obviously (Mile) went five furlongs in a bullet 58.40 for Phil D’Amato, who also sent Big John B (Turf) the same distance in 1:02.40; Danny Boy (Juvenile Turf) went five furlongs in 59.60 for Romans, while Mark Casse sent Conquest Harlanate (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Conquest Typhoon (Juvenile Turf) five furlongs in the identical time of 1:00.60; Lawn Ranger (Juvenile Turf) went five furlongs in 1:03.20 for McPeek; and Luck of the Kitten (Juvenile Turf) four furlongs in 51.40 for Wesley Ward.
Source: Santa Anita Communications 


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