California Chrome in 1:12 1/5 Move at Los Al

By Jeremy Balan After California Chrome’s final serious workout in preparation for the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), trainer Art Sherman expressed confidence his standout chestnut not only is doing well, but that he has an advantage on the competition. “If he’s not fit for a mile and a quarter now, he’ll never […]

California Chrome Tops Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2016) – California-breds California Chrome and Ambitious Brew, as well as Heatseaker’s Ryans Charm were pre-entered on Wednesday for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be held next week at Santa Anita. California Chrome is pre-entered in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. He is by Lucky Pulpit, out of […]

California Chrome Powerful Late in BC Drill

By Jeremy Balan When trainer Art Sherman puts blinkers on California Chrome it sends a clear signal to the chestnut champion—it’s time to get serious. The 2014 Horse of the Year responded Oct. 22 at his Los Alamitos Race Course base. Blinkers on—mission accomplished. California Chrome started slow early in his five-furlong drill under regular […]

Breeders’ Cup Classic: California Chrome Tops Contender List

By Bob Ehalt Monday, October 17, 2016-The prospect of competing in a race with a $6 million purse can bring out the jitters in a trainer. But Art Sherman has the perfect antidote for erasing any fears he might have about the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It’s called California Chrome. While a collection of the world’s […]

Slugo Racing Buys $190k Smiling Tiger Colt

by Joe Nevills The first crop of Smiling Tiger was well-received during the Barretts August select yearling sale, and that good will carried into the auction company’s fall sale, with Slugo Racing making a $190,000 colt the new sale-topper and the first offering to crack six figures. The chestnut colt is out of the Grade […]

California Chrome Works for BC at Los Al

By Jeremy Balan As most of the barns at Los Alamitos Race Course only started to rustle with activity during the early morning Oct. 15, California Chrome stood like a sentinel at the top of the longest stretch run in North America. Ears pricked and unmoving, the chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit patiently waited for […]

Unusual Heat Pensioned at Age 26

By Blood-Horse Staff Unusual Heat, the all time leading sire in California progeny earnings, has been pensioned from stud duty at Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif., at the age of 26. “It is with great emotion that we have to announce the retirement of Unusual Heat,” said Harris Auerbach, managing partner of M. Auerbach LLC. […]

Multiple Stakes Winner Super Tuesday Dies At Harris Farms

Coalinga, CA (October 5, 2016)-Harris Farms is saddened to report that its stakes-winning broodmare, Super Tuesday, died on Oct. 1 due to complications from colic. Super Tuesday (Political Ambition-Vaderette, by Skywalker) won five races during her career, including the Work The Crowd Stakes at Golden Gate Fields and the California Sires Stakes at Hollywood Park. […]

California Chrome Wins Easily

by Steve Andersen California Chrome won Saturday’s $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita with such ease that he galloped under the finish line. The win confirmed California Chrome’s status as the leading contender for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome led throughout, putting away […]

Ambitious Brew, With Eddie D Win, May Head for BC Turf Sprint

By Steve Andersen ARCADIA, Calif. – Two years ago, Ambitious Brew (Tizbud) finished second by a nose in the Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. In Friday’s sixth race, the 6-year-old gelding finally won his first graded stakes in the first division of the $101,725 Eddie D Stakes. […]

Sherman Ready to Make California Chrome Awesome Again

By Jay Hovdey There is an old-fashioned reliability about California Chrome that is taken for granted in this age of speed figures and big-day performances. Put it this way: In a career of 23 races dating to his maiden special weight debut at Hollywood Park on April 26, 2013, California Chrome has never missed a […]

California Chrome Logs Final Work for Awesome Again

By Jeremy Balan With the slightest morning chill Southern California would allow in late September, Los Alamitos Race Course’s resident star logged his final timed workout for the upcoming Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I), his final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I). All alone during his private early-morning breeze session, California Chrome comfortably […]

Another Solid Work from California Chrome

By Claire Novak The world’s best racehorse did his thing Sept. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course, working six furlongs in 1:13 1/5. Los Al clockers caught California Chrome in splits of :25 3/5, :49 2/5, and 1:01 1/5 en route to his final time under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney. Powering down the lane […]

California Chrome Atop World’s Best Rankings

By Frank Angst Off his dominating victory in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 20 at Del Mar, California Chrome has moved back to the top of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016. In the rankings that consider races through August, California Chrome received a rating of 133, four […]

Soi Phet Still Going Strong at 8 in E.B. Johnston

By Steve Andersen CYPRESS, Calif.- At the age of 8, Soi Phet continues to amaze trainer Leonard Powell. The former $14,000 claimer won his third stakes in his last four starts in Saturday’s $75,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes for California-bred milers at Los Alamitos, catching pacesetter Magic Mark in the final sixteenth. The win was worth […]

Harris Farms Consignment to Barretts Fall Sale

Barretts Fall Sale Tuesday October 18, 2016 at Pomona, CA Harris Farms, Agent 23……2015 dk.b./br.c., Lucky Pulpit – MME. Espionage Image 228…..2015 dk.b./br.c., Unusual Heat – Hotlantic 248…..LITTLE MISS ZIP, 2003 ch.m., City Zip – Meadow Dream {Vronsky} 260…..PROSPECTOR’S BRIDE, 2002 ch.m., Tale of the Cat – Correoso {Clubhouse Ride} 271…..STARRY SKIES, 2009 dk.b./br.m., Sky […]

California Chrome Works Easy at Los Alamitos

By Jeremy Balan On his day, at his home track, and a bit out of his normal workout routine, California Chrome still gave trainer Art Sherman just what he wanted Sept. 10 at Los Alamitos Race Course. With his normal 5:30 a.m. work time moved back to 7:30 to accommodate a host of fans out […]

California Chrome Named Del Mar Horse of Meet

By Blood-Horse Staff A hard-fought victory against a game Dortmund in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) and a wire-to-wire domination of a field that included defending champion Beholder in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) made California Chrome the unanimous choice as Del Mar’s Horse of the Meeting for 2016. The 5-year-old […]

California Chrome Cruises in Los Al Maintenance Work

By Claire Novak Trainer Art Sherman sent California Chrome back out to breeze at Los Alamitos for the first time since his impressive Aug. 20 TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) victory, and the 2014 Horse of the Year turned in a steady work Sept. 3. Los Al clockers caught the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit […]

Bonde Buys Smiling Tiger Filly for $130,000

by Steve Andersen Trainer Jeff Bonde paid $130,000 for a Smiling Tiger filly at Tuesday’s Barretts Select Yearling Sale, the most expensive hip among the 76-horse sale. Bonde was joined in the acquisition with new client Jerome Russell of Lincoln, Neb. Bonde trained Smiling Tiger, whose oldest foals are yearlings. Smiling Tiger, 9, was a […]

Wide Trip Does Not Stop Soi Phet

by Steve Andersen Soi Phet (by Tizbud) won his second stakes of the summer in Wednesday’s first division of the Harry Brubaker Stakes at a mile. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Soi Phet ($4.20) was three-wide while racing in the six-path on the backstretch and four-wide on the turn before drawing off in the final furlong. […]


Among the notable results from last weekend’s graded stakes were Unbridled Mo’s victory in the Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) and Tourist’s success in the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IT). Unbridled Mo’s tally was particularly notable, as it credited her sire Uncle Mo with his 19th stakes winner—11 graded—believed to be a record for a sire’s first […]

California Chrome Romps in Pacific Classic

by California Chrome, all-time leading money-winner in North America, embellished his growing stature as one of the finest Thoroughbreds to grace the racing scene in recent times with a brilliant triumph in the Grade I $1 million TVG Pacific Classic Saturday. Sent to the lead by jockey Victor Espinoza from his inside post position […]

Smiling Tiger and Lucky Pulpit Sire Top Dollar Yearlings at NORCAL

Pleasanton, CA (August 17, 2016)-First crop yearling sire Smiling Tiger had yearlings fetch upwards of $40,000 at the NORCAL CTBA Yearling Sale. Hip number 69 a Smiling Tiger April 21st yearling and the first foal out of $93,000 earner Greatest Escape brought the $40,000 from Jeff Bonde, agent. The colt was consigned by Woodbridge Farm […]

California Chrome Lands Inside Post for Pacific Classic

By Jay Privman DEL MAR, Calif. – Twice before in his 22-race career, California Chrome has drawn the rail. He finished sixth both times. So it was no surprise that when California Chrome landed the inside post Tuesday during the draw for the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Saturday at Del Mar, trainer […]