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.
Shared Belief won the $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds by a neck Friday on opening day of Santa Anita’s winter meet.
Bayern won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by a nose, surviving a stewards’ inquiry prompted by multiple horses bumping near the start of the race.
How one pro would bet $100 on the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
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 .
Shared Belief rallied to win the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes by a neck at Santa Anita on Saturday and improve to 7-0.
Shared Belief beat Candy Boy by 4 1/4 lengths to win the $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby for 3-year-olds on Saturday and improve to 5-0 in his career.