CALIFORNIA CHROME's 2016 San Diego Handicap ("TVG Classic" - Entire Televised Broadcast)
CALIFORNIA CHROME and DORTMUND staged what will arguably go down as the best horse race of 2016.
Ridden by Victor Espinoza for trainer, Art Sherman, the 2014 Horse of the Year was making his first start since winning the world's most lucrative race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup this past March 26, 2016.
DORTMUND, who had not run since November of 2015, was spotted five pounds (121 to 126 lbs.) from CALIFORNIA CHROME. DORTMUND shot to the lead under Gary Stevens, but CALIFORNIA CHROME and Victor Espinoza were right on his hip down the backstretch through a 47.02-second half-mile. They went six furlongs in 1:10.51, a mile in 1:34.49, and CALIFORNIA CHROME completed 1-1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:40.84.
CALIFORNIA CHROME led narrowly with a sixteenth to go but DORTMUND valiantly battled back and was nearly even with 30 yards to go before CALIFORNIA CHROME asserted his superiority. It was another 7-1/4 lengths back to WIN THE SPACE in third.
When CALIFORNIA CHROME returned to the winner's circle, he was given a rousing cheer by the fans.
Art Sherman trains CALIFORNIA CHROME, a son of LUCKY PULPIT, for a partnership that includes Perry Martin and Taylor Made Farm. He has now won 13 of 22 starts, including his last four, with earnings of $12,652,650. His next start will be the Grade I, $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
Watch the entire televised 2016 SAN DIEGO HANDICAP with CALIFORNIA CHROME headlining a five-horse field that included:
FOLLOW ME CREV
WIN THE SPACE
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