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California Chrome installed as 4-to-5 favorite in Saturday's Hollywood Derby

November 27, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

California Chrome tries out the Jimmy Durante Turf Course at Del Mar
(photo by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club)
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome was entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Hollywood Derby and will face five rivals in the 1 1/8-mile run over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. It will be the first race on turf for California Chrome, a son of Lucky Pulpit owned by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn.

California Chrome would become the seventh Kentucky Derby champion to race at Del Mar after winning the Run For The Roses. Gato Del Sol (1982 Kentucky Derby winner), Ferdinand (1986), Unbridled (1990), Silver Charm (1997), War Emblem (2002), and Giacomo (2005) all subsequently raced at Del Mar.

Trainer Art Sherman nominated California Chrome for both the Native Diver Handicap, 1 1/8-miles on Polytrack, and the Hollywood Derby, two of three graded stakes on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Bing Crosby Season. California rules stipulate that only one race could be entered, and when the time came Wednesday morning, Sherman did not waiver from a previously stated preference for the Hollywood Derby.

“I want to run him on the grass,” Sherman said. “It will give me a lot of options when he runs next year as a 4-year-old. And he’s got a chance at Horse of the Year (for 2014).”

The full field for the Hollywood Derby
Post  Horse              Jockey      Trainer      Odds
1 Talco Van Dyke Sadler 10-to-1
2 Lexie Lou Nakatani Casse 3-to-1
3 Flamboyant Smith Gallagher 6-to-1
4 Sawyer's Hill Bejarano Mulhall 5-to-1
5 California Chrome Espinoza Sherman 4-to-5
6 Cabral Desormeaux Powell 15-to-1