California Chrome Has 'Perfect' Breeze

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4:34 pm EST

Engaging in his first workout since winning the California Cup Derby at Santa Anita, California Chrome was flawless in the opinion of trainer Art Sherman.

Seeking to become the first California-bred to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962, California Chrome worked at Los Alamitos, going four furlongs in :48.00 (7/21) under regular rider Victor Espinoza.

“Perfect,” trainer Art Sherman said. “He went in 48, just breezing. Espinoza said he went really nice.”

In eight career starts, California Chrome has faced open company only twice, finishing fifth in the Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park last June, and sixth, beaten two lengths, in the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 4.

He dominated Cal-breds in his last two races, winning the King Glorious by 6 1/4 lengths and the California Cup Derby by 5 1/2. He's being pointed to the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 8.

“He may be a contender for the Derby,” Sherman said. “You don’t know. The next step will prove where he belongs.”

Meanwhile, Team Sherman is enjoying the exposure the colt is drawing. “We were well-treated at Los Alamitos,” Sherman said. “They welcomed us with open arms. Getting this publicity is cool. It’s great for the horse and great for racing.”

Edited Santa Anita release with additional content by Dick Downey