California Chrome

  • Stabled: Los Alamitos
  • Sire: Lucky Pulpit
  • Dam: Love the Chase, by Not For Love
  • Color: Chestnut
  • Foaled: February 18, 2011
  • Horse Racing 2014: Kentucky Derby MAY 03


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A Brief History of California Chrome

California Chrome is one of the most popular American horses in training in 2015. As a three-year-old, he won the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes, among other races, and was named 2014 Horse of the Year and Champion Three-Year-Old Colt.

 

Long Shot At Success

Part of California Chrome’s popularity can be attributed to his humble roots and connections. California Chrome is a California-bred son of sire Lucky Pulpit, whose fee was a bargain at just $2,500 (now $10,000). Chrome’s mare, Love the Chase, was purchased for $8,000 by first-time owners and breeders who were part of a racing syndicate at Golden Gate Fields. Though both sire and dam were fairly-well bred, they lacked the extensive pedigree and expense that comes with many Derby contender families.

 

The Thoroughbred's Horse Racing Heritage

Chrome’s trainer, Art Sherman, is an unassuming but talented horseman who stables the colt at Los Alamitos. Sherman’s experience stretches back for decades; early in his career, he was the exercise rider for 1955 Kentucky Derby winner Swaps. Like Chrome, Swaps was also based in Southern California and won the Santa Anita Derby. It seems only fitting that Swaps appears several generations back in Chrome’s dam’s pedigree.

 

Enter Victor Espinoza

California Chrome showed some talent in his early races, but did not blossom until he was paired with jockey Victor Espinoza. Together, they won the King Glorious Stakes at Hollywood Park, which also holds the distinction of being the last stakes race held at Hollywood Park on closing day of the facility’s final meet.

 

Journey To The Triple Crown

Chrome returned as a three-year-old to win the California Cup Derby, the San Felipe Stakes (G2) and the Santa Anita Derby (G1). He entered the Kentucky Derby as the post-time favorite, defeating a talented field that went on to be successful in their three-year-old and four-year-old campaigns. Chrome won the Preakness Stakes as a heavy favorite, but failed to secure the Triple Crown when he finished fourth to Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes. In addition to the grueling campaign as a three-year-old, as expected of any horse bidding for the Triple Crown (and lamented by one of Chrome’s vocal owners, Steve Coburn), Chrome cut his hoof leaving the starting gate, further inhibiting his chances of success that day.

 

Chrome's Return to Horse Racing

After a much deserved rest, Chrome returned to finish a mediocre sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby but followed that with a respectable third place finish by a narrow margin in the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita. Interestingly, the top four finishers were all three-year-olds, including the winner Bayern, UAE Derby winner Toast of New York, and then-undefeated Shared Belief. Chrome capped his three-year-old career with a win on the turf for the first time in the Hollywood Derby at Del Mar; though the field was small, the runner-up was 2014 Canadian Horse of the Year Lexie Lou.

Chrome’s 2015 campaign to date includes a second-place finish behind Shared Belief, arguably one of the best horses in training, and a remarkable second-place finish in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai against top horses from around the world. Chrome is currently in training in the UK, preparing for an ambitious campaign against more of the world’s best horses at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet this summer.

 




California Chrome – Records

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Lifetime Earnings

$6,322,650


Race Record

18 Starts


9 Wins

3 Seconds

1 Third 

Honors



Eclipse Award 2014 Horse of the Year

Eclipse Award 2014 Champion Three-Year-Old Colt






Historical Race Results for California Chrome

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26-Apr-13
2
Maiden Special Weight
Maiden
Hollywood Park
6.9
0:52:47
2
Alberto Delgado
Art Sherman
17-May-13
2
Maiden Special Weight
Maiden
Hollywood Park
1.2
0:52:42
1
Alberto Delgado
Art Sherman
15-Jun-13
2
Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes
Listed Stakes
Hollywood Park
5.1
NA
5
NA
Corey Nakatani
Art Sherman
31-Jul-13
2
Graduation Stakes
Listed Stakes
Del Mar racetrack
6.2
1:03:48
1
Alberto Delgado
Art Sherman
4-Sep-13
2
Del Mar Futurity
I
Del Mar racetrack
5.7
NA
6
NA
Alberto Delgado
Art Sherman
1-Nov-13
2
Golden State Juvenile Stakes
Listed Stakes
Santa Anita Park
3.2
NA
6
NA
Alberto Delgado
Art Sherman
22-Dec-13
2
King Glorious Stakes
Listed Stakes
Hollywood Park
2.2
1:22:12
1
Victor Espinoza
Art Sherman
25-Jan-14
3
California Cup Derby
Listed Stakes
Santa Anita Park
2.5
1:43:22
1
Victor Espinoza
Art Sherman
8-Mar-14
3
San Felipe Stakes
II
Santa Anita Park
1.4
1:40:59
1
Victor Espinoza
Art Sherman
5-Apr-14
3
Santa Anita Derby
I
Santa Anita Park
0.7
1:47:52
1
Victor Espinoza
Art Sherman

Remember to Bet the Races!

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