California Chrome’s final work before Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9th

California Chrome worked on Santa Anita’s main track at 11:48 a.m. Split times for the six furlong work – 23.65, 46.66, 58.30 and 1:10.04 for the final time.

 

 

ART SHERMAN: “He’s ready. I’m real happy. This is what we needed. He’s had almost nine months off and that’s a long time when you’re running against Grade I horses. He’s been training good, acting good; he’s a lot different horse right now. He’s stronger and he’s more focused. He’s going to run. This is the best I’ve seen him since I’ve had him.

“He looks ready to me.  I got him (galloping out) in 1:22.20 for seven eighths.  If he has a good trip (in the San Pasqual), he’ll be tough to beat.  He hasn’t run in nine months and there’s nothing like having a race, but working like this in front of the public is the next-best thing.”

 

 

VICTOR ESPINOZA: “This work was excellent. He’s different from before. Soundness-wise, he’s different. He always had a little bit of weakness behind, in his back end, but with the time off, he’s come back…he’s stronger and I could feel that the whole time he was running.

“I was really impressed with the way he worked today, it was an excellent work.

“I don’t feel that Los Alamitos is good enough for a horse like him to get fit off of such a long layoff. I don’t know if it can get him truly ready only running over that track. I’m so glad Art brought him here to Santa Anta to work.

“He worked in 1:25 last time but I wasn’t really impressed with that work at all. He’s not a great worker without blinkers. Today, we added blinkers and it was such a solid work. I’m really excited now and I’m looking forward to next Saturday.”