California Chrome's brother runs with 'a lot of weight on him'

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July 17, 2018 04:06pm
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Faversham comes into Del Mar's opening day Oceanside Stakes after breaking his maiden in his seventh career start on June 21 at Santa Anita. The victory came at the Oceanside distance of one mile on the grass.

Not bad by most standards. But Faversham also carries the burden of expectations inherent as a full brother of California Chrome, by Lucky Pulpit and out of the mare Love the Chase.

“A lot of weight on him,” said trainer Art Sherman, not in reference to the 118 Faversham will carry in the Oceanside.

“He was a late foal and he’s maturing and getting a little weight on him and getting a lot better. I’ve noticed that he’s training a lot stronger and I think the second half of the year he’s going to be a stronger horse.”

Faversham, bred by Chrome connections Perry Martin and Steve Coburn and owned by Martin, made his racing debut in January and has raced once a month since then. Prior to  the win at Santa Anita, his best results had been runner-up efforts in his debut and in a maiden race in March, the latter via disqualification.

“His last race at Santa Anita was really good and he really brought it down the lane,” Sherman said. “He comes from behind. He doesn’t have the speed to lay up close like his brother and with 14 head in the race, he’s going to have to get lucky to get through the traffic.

“But he’s training very well and I think he’ll do well if he has a clean trip.”

The only time California Chrome ran on the grass was in the 2014 Hollywood Derby here during the inaugural Bing Crosby Fall meeting. He defeated the standout filly Lexie Lou in a race that proved decisive to Eclipse Award voters who made ‘Chrome the 2014 Horse of the Year.

The Oceanside from the rail out: Arawak (Gary Stevens, 6-1), Texas Wedge (Flavien Prat, 9-2), Pepe Tono (Alonso Quinonez, 20-1), Artie B Good (Stewart Elliott, 20-1), Desert Stone (Corey Nakatani, 4-1), Shane Zain (Mario Gutierrez, 20-1), Restrainedvengence (Evin Roman, 20-1), Faversham (Joe Talamo, 15-1), MoveOver (Tyler Baze, 6-1), Calexman (Geovanni Franco, 12-1), Heartfullofstars (Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1), Afleet Ascent (Kent Desormeaux, 8-1), Respect the Hustle (Tyler Conner, 30-1) and More Honor (Tiago Pereira, 20-1). Also eligible: Risky Proposition (Joe Talamo, 20-1). Scratched to run Thursday was Soltero.


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