California Chrome poised for World Cup glory

Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:31pm EDT
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By Martin Dokoupil

DUBAI (Reuters) - California Chrome’s owners believe they have a perfect draw in the outside nine gate to land the 20th running of the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race on Saturday.

“I love it. Nine is a perfect position for our horse,” trainer Art Sherman said of the favorite, the 2014 American Horse of the Year after landing Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories.

“I’ve got all the speed horses to the inside of me and he loves to run from the outside.

Connections have been happy so far how the four-year-old has performed in early morning workouts at the Meydan’s new dirt track since a long 25-hour flight to the United Arab Emirates.

“He jogged great, stood in the gate good so we’re ready. Tomorrow we’ll gallop and take him to the paddock,” Alan Sherman, assistant to his father, told Reuters after Chrome’s light track work on Thursday. 

“He has not missed an oat, he’s eaten fantastic so we just hope we’ll get a good trip and put on a good show,” he said.

After the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, California Chrome finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes, failing in his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

However, the rags to riches story of the horse, who cost his owners a mere $10,000, captured the imagination of the nation and drew swathes of followers.   Continued...

A groom leads California Chrome to the early morning workout at the Meydan racecourse in Dubai ahead of Saturday's $10 million Dubai World Cup March 24, 2015. REUTERS/Martin Dokoupil