California Chrome’s X-rays Come Back Clean

By Bloodhorse.com NICHOLSVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2017) –Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome is settling in at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., after arriving Jan. 29. X-rays following his final race are all clear. After finishing ninth in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Art Sherman said […]

California Chrome on Schedule for Kentucky Trip

By Frank Angst Hallandale, FL (Janaury 29, 2017)-His usual self in his stall in Barn 2 at Gulfstream Park the morning of Jan. 29, two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome   awaited a scheduled trip to Taylor Made Farm where he will begin his stallion career. At 6:45 a.m. Jan. 29, California Chrome’s groom Raul […]

Harris Farms Connections Enter Lucrative Cal-bred Stakes Saturday at Santa Anita

Arcadia, CA (January 25, 2017)-The first stakes on the program is the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare going about six and a half furlongs on the downhill course which is well covered by Harris Farms connected horses. All That Heat is by Unusual Heat, out of the Afternoon Delites mare Little Hottie, was bred […]

California Chrome Draws Outside Post for Pegasus

By Jay Privman HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.–The inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park looks on paper like a match race between Arrogate and California Chrome, and the possibility of the two hooking up early in the race increased Monday when they drew posts that likely will force them to be used immediately from […]

California Chrome Again Wins Horse of the Year

From NTRA HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2017) — The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced this evening that California Chrome, winner of the Dubai World Cup and the TVG Pacific Classic, and North America’s all-time leading money earning Thoroughbred, was voted as Horse of the […]

California Chrome Looks as Good as Can Be in Final Drill for Pegasus

By Jay Privman California Chrome completed his serious training for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup next Saturday with a five-furlong work in 58.91 seconds on Saturday morning here at Gulfstream Park, where the Pegasus will be run in one week. California Chrome had the track to himself at 7:30 a.m. He broke off at […]

California Chrome’s Dubai Win Top ’16 Moment

By Bloodhorse.com The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Jan. 20 that California Chrome’s win in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) has been named the 2016 NTRA Moment of the Year based on the results of a record 2,817 votes cast via Twitter and an online poll. California Chrome’s connections—owners California […]

California Chrome Focused in Penultimate Move

By Alicia Wincze-Hughes Alan Sherman still has a job to do. Most important, so too does the champion chestnut Sherman and his father have had in their care for over four seasons now. So as much as Sherman gets asked about the emotions of the moment, how his barn will cope once they officially have […]

California Chrome Eclipse Finalist

By DRF.com (edited) ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2017) — Arrogate and California Chrome battled it out in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and are the leading contenders for Horse of the Year after they were named as two of the three finalists for the year’s top honor – along with the 3-year-old filly Songbird – when […]

California Chrome Logs Final Los Alamitos Workout

By Jeremy Balan California Chrome stepped on the track at Los Alamitos Race Course for the last time Jan. 4. You wouldn’t know it from the way he behaved, because the 6-year-old chestnut went through the motions like he has so many mornings before. Under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, California Chrome stood motionless at […]

Red Hot Bad Ju Ju Takes $75,000 Kalookan Queen S.

SantaAnita.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2016)–Last with three furlongs to run, California-bred Bad Ju Ju surged to the lead a sixteenth of a mile from home to take Friday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes at Santa Anita by 2 ½ lengths under Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Trained by Peter Miller, the 4-year-old daughter of Desert Code got […]

Heatseeker Euthanized

Harris Farms’ multiple graded stakes-winning stallion Heatseeker was euthanized Dec. 27 at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of California-Davis after he was discovered in his paddock with a broken left femur. The 13-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway  began his stud career in 2009 at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Central Kentucky before relocating […]

California Chrome Works Easy for Pegasus WC

By Jeremy Balan Rain in the forecast forced a change in California Chrome  ‘s training schedule in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I), but it didn’t alter the standard mood on the deck at Schwanie’s At The Gap Dec. 29. Per usual, trainer Art Sherman and assistant trainer Alan Sherman greeted […]

Bettys Bambino Victorious in Comeback

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2016) — Multiple stakes winner Bettys Bambino returned spectacularly from a 22-month layoff by winning Monday’s $100,000 Grade III San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita, his fifth consecutive victory. Bettys Bambino is by Unusual Heat, out of the High Brite mare Brite Betty, was bred by owners Alesia, Ciaglia and Mellen […]

California Chrome Pushes Lucky Pulpit to Top of California Sire Ranks

By Nicole Russo Lucky Pulpit’s reign atop the California sire ranks was cemented less than a quarter of the way through 2016, as California Chrome stormed down the stretch to dominate the $10 million Dubai World Cup. The victory in what was then the world’s richest race helped California Chrome become North America’s all-time leading […]

Unusual Heat Has Left His Mark on California Racing

By Steve Andersen The Auerbach family, trainer Barry Abrams, and their partners bought California racing history for $80,000 in 1996. In June of that year at Hollywood Park, the partnership claimed Unusual Heat on a day the then 6-year-old won a one-mile turf race. Within two years, Unusual Heat began his stud career at a […]

Barretts January 2017 Harris Farms Consignment

Barretts January Mixed Sale 2017 Tuesday, January 17th at 11:00 a.m. Harris Farms 11……ACTIVE IMAGINATION, 2007 gr./ro.m., Cee’s Tizzy – Interactive {Lucky Pulpit} 55……KEEP ACTIVE, 2006 gr./ro.m., Cee’s Tizzy – Interactive {Clubhouse Ride} 78……PROTECT FREEDOM, 2010 b.m., In Excess (IRE) – Freedom Dance {Clubhouse Ride} Harris Farms, Agent 99……STARDUST MEMORIES, 2013 ch.f., Unusual Heat – […]

California Chrome Gallops Home in ‘Challenge’

By Jeremy Balan The Winter Challenge was supposed to be a procession—a proper sendoff for the King of California. And that’s exactly what it was. California Chrome, the California-bred with an unpretentious pedigree who captured so many hearts during his four seasons of racing, romped in the race that was designed for him to romp […]

Full Field Set To Face California Chrome In Winter Challenge

by Paulick Report California Chrome, who has been based at Los Alamitos since January, 2014, will race for the first time locally – and last time in California – in the $180,000 Winter Challenge Saturday. Scheduled for 1 1/16 miles, the Challenge – designed as a prep for California Chrome’s career finale in the $12 […]

California Chrome Logs Final ‘Challenge’ Work

By Jeremy Balan The early Saturday mornings remaining to watch the shiny chestnut with the white blaze train at Los Alamitos Race Course are dwindling. On most of those weekends, trainer Art Sherman has been out on his perch at Schwanies At The Gap, the trackside grill right on the eighth pole, watching the best […]

California Chrome Logs Work for ‘Challenge’

By Jeremy Balan The assumption many have made about Los Alamitos Race Course’s $100,000 Winter Challenge Dec. 17, a race written specifically to serve as a prep for California Chrome, is that will be a “paid workout” for the 2014 Horse of the Year. For the chestnut’s connections, however, too much is at stake to […]

California Chrome Continues Work at Los Al

By Jeremy Balan As impressive as California Chrome looked during his timed workout Nov. 26 at Los Alamitos Race Course, it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. Just an accelerating black dot in the early morning darkness of the Los Alamitos turn, his recognizable blaze emerged at the top of the stretch under the Cypress, […]

Isa Firecracker Pops in Golden Gate Debutante

By Chuck Dybdal Isa Firecracker ($8.20) impressed her trainer Jamey Thomas once again with her gameness as she held off favored Grand Prix to win the $60,075 Golden Gate Debutante by a nose at Golden Gate Fields on Friday. The 2-year-old Heatseeker filly ran third in the Golden State Juvenile in her previous start at […]

California Chrome Breezes at Los Alamitos

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2016) — Alan Sherman got a clear indication California Chrome was doing just fine after his work Nov. 19 at Los Alamitos Race Course. While getting the 2014 Horse of the Year untacked after his first timed drill since a second-place run in the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Classic […]

Chao Chom Upsets Enola Gray in Betty Grable Stakes

by DMTC.com Del Mar, CA (November 13, 2016)-S Samdow, Inc.’s Chao Chom hooked 1-9 favored Enola Gray shortly after the start and never relented in scoring a convincing victory in the featured $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for older California-bred fillies and mares Sunday. With Kent Desormeaux in the saddle, Chao Chom dueled with Enola Gray […]