California Chrome’s rags-to-riches story keeps getting better. The winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness last year picked up two Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park on Saturday night, including horse of the year — the biggest prize, one that would have figured to be unthinkable for the offspring of an $8,000 mare and $2,500 stallion.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, along with Bayern and Main Sequence, are finalists for Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome won the $300,000 Hollywood Derby by two lengths in his turf debut at Del Mar on Saturday, strengthening his bid to earn Horse of the Year honors.
The year of the three-year-olds! Four of the top 5 contenders of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic are three-year-olds. Lead by California Chrome and Shared Belief, the Classic is full of young talent, making the race very unpredictable. None of these horses have the experience of last year’s winner Mucho Macho Man. In fact, no three-year-old has won the BC Classic since 2008 — Raven’ Pass. It will be Shared Belief’s race to lose. The undefeated colt will be the morning line favorite, who riding a seven-race winning streak .
California Chrome has jogged for the first time on the Belmont Park track as the colt prepares to try to win the Triple Crown.
California Chrome has run away from the competition in five consecutive victories, winning by an average of over five lengths.
California Chrome becomes the first California bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby since 1962.