California Chrome Will Race Next At Royal Ascot in UK

Next stop for California Chrome...Royal Ascot in England

Next stop for California Chrome…Royal Ascot in England

The California Chrome World Tour is not over just yet. Following his gallant second in Saturday’s Dubai World Cup, “America’s Horse” California Chrome will ship direct to the UK, possibly as early as next week.

He will be based at Rae Guest’s Newmarket stables as trainer Art Sherman already has connections within the yard. Art will travel over periodically and in advance to oversee the final preparations.

Co-owner Perry Martin said: “we are grateful for the opportunity to race at Royal Ascot and hopeful that California Chrome can put up a good show. We are looking forward to the experience.”   Read the rest of this entry >>

California Chrome 2nd Best in Dubai: Runner Up to Prince Bishop

Prince Bishop is much the best in the Dubai World Cup. California Chrome 2nd. Lea 3rd.

Prince Bishop is much the best in the Dubai World Cup. California Chrome 2nd. Lea 3rd.

By Jim Charvat

The outside post that initially seemed to be a blessing in disguise for California Chrome may have ended up to be his downfall. The reigning Horse of the Year got hung-out wide throughout and had no answer for the winner in the lane, settling for 2nd best to Prince Bishop in the Dubai World Cup.

Watch: California Chrome settles for 2nd 

Prince Bishop put in a strong run, beginning in the far turn, engaged the front runners turning for home and seized the lead in the lane, opening up on California Chrome and holding him at bay.   Read the rest of this entry >>

Materiality Outduels Upstart to Win the G1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park

Materiality stamps his ticket to Louisville for the first Saturday in May.

Materiality stamps his ticket to Louisville for the first Saturday in May.

Materiality followed stablemate Constitution’s 2014 formula for success Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Watch: Materiality vs Upstart in the Fla. Derby

The Todd Pletcher-trained colt battled even-money favorite Upstart through the stretch before registering a 1 ½-length victory in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) in just his third lifetime start – an accomplishment pulled off by Constitution in last year’s running of Gulfstream Park’s signature event.   Read the rest of this entry >>

International Star Shines Bright in G2 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds

International Star finished his sweep of Derby preps with a win in the La. Derby

International Star finished his sweep of Derby preps with a win in the La. Derby

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star proved once again that he is the big gun of the Big Easy on Saturday afternoon in the 102nd running of the Grade II $750,000 Louisiana Derby.

Watch: International Star’s eye-popping run

Shooting off the rail like a comet turning for home, the son of Fusaichi Pegasus collared and ultimately wore down fellow Florida shipper Stanford in the final yards to prevail by a neck.  Improving to a perfect three-for-three this year, the Mike Maker trainee completed a sweep of the triad of sophomore graded stakes at the New Orleans oval.

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Birdatthewire Stamps Her Ticket To Louisville With Win in G2 G.P. Oaks

Birdatthewire gets the well-timed ride from Irad Ortiz Jr to win the G.P. Oaks. Photo by Lauren King

Birdatthewire gets the well-timed ride from Irad Ortiz Jr to win the G.P. Oaks. Photo by Lauren King

After an eventful trip in the early stages, Forum Racing’s Birdatthewire came flying late to catch Eskenformoney and win the 45th running of the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Watch: Birdatthewire flies home in the Oaks

It was the second graded stakes win of the Championship Meet in three tries for the 3-year-old daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner Summer Bird. Trained by Dale Romans, she captured the Forward Gal… Read the rest of this entry >>

Secret Circle Takes the Golden Shaheen: Only U.S. Victory in Dubai

Secret Circle holds off Super Jockey to win the Golden Shaheen

Secret Circle holds off Super Jockey to win the Golden Shaheen on Dubai World Cup Night

By Jim Charvat

Secret Circle sat off a pair of pace duelers, pounced in mid stretch and then held off Super Jockey to win the Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Victor Espinoza, it was the first American victory of the day. Baffert, who had a heart attack during his last visit to Dubai, elected to stay in the states. But his team did an excellent job getting this six year old, two time Breeders’ Cup champion ready for this six furlong race.

Espinoza then did the rest, placing Secret Circle (2-1) three wide throughout but within striking range of Rich Tapestry and Lucky Nine. When he hit… Read the rest of this entry >>

I’m A Chatterbox Makes It Look Easy in the Big Easy with Win in FG Oaks

They just can't stop talking about I'm A Chatterbox after another scintillating run, this time in the FG Oaks

They just can’t stop talking about I’m A Chatterbox after her workmanlike run in the FG Oaks

In Saturday’s Grade II $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, I’m a Chatterbox turned in not a scintillating frontrunning performance like her January Silverbulletday Stakes score, nor did she produce a dramatic closing effort as in February’s Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, but her workmanlike pressing tally put an emphatic stamp on her claim as the one to beat in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Watch: Chatterbox capture the FG Oaks

Fletcher and Carolyn Gray’s Larry Jones-trained daughter of Munnings attended splits of :23.69 and :47.03 set by longshot Jugni before assuming… Read the rest of this entry >>

The Menu: Post Times and TV Listings for Saturday’s Top Races

Horses generic#14This is one of those Saturday’s when you get a sitter, move all your appointments on the calendar, ignore the yardwork, and curl up with your favorite past performances. Errands to run? Forget about ‘em. Family birthday? They’ll understand.

This is the next best thing to Derby Day or the Breeders’ Cup. Face it, there are not many days on the racing calendar when you need to set the alarm so you don’t miss any of the action.

The racing starts at eight in the morning… Read the rest of this entry >>

California Chrome in Dubai: A Picture Gallery

Cal Chrome-dubai#4 neville hopwoodIt’s been a busy week for America’s most popular horse and the time is almost here to strut his stuff. Throughout the week, California Chrome has been well documented on social media. From his workouts to his schooling, someone has been there with a camera. TVG’s Simon Bray has done an excellent job feeding the Chromies with pictures and videos of their favorite horse and the Dubai Racing Club has filled the internet with fabulous pictures of this week’s events.

We have collected a few of our favorites and put them into a picture gallery we hope you will enjoy and share with your friends. Last year’s… Read the rest of this entry >>

California Chrome in Dubai: Exercise Rider Delgado “a no show”

California Chrome gets a pat from trainer Art Sherman as fill-in exercise rider, Tony Gutierrez looks on

California Chrome gets a pat from trainer Art Sherman as fill-in exercise rider, Tony Gutierrez looks on

By Jim Charvat

California Chrome put in a gallop at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai Friday morning but he did it without his regular exercise rider, Willie Delgado. With ‘Chrome’s’ connections standing in the viewing area around 5:15 local time, the reigning Horse of the Year stepped out on the track with Tony Gutierrez in the saddle. When asked about Delgado, trainer Art Sherman told DRF.com “he’s a no show. Disappointing.”

This is the second time this week someone other than Delgado has been aboard California Chrome. Last Tuesday, Dana Barnes, who is in town working Bob Baffert’s, Secret Circle, worked the Kentucky Derby winner. At the time we were told it was because Delgado does not work ‘Chrome.’

Gutierrez is in town working Jeff Bonde’s, Distinctiv Passion. After a brief schooling in… Read the rest of this entry >>