California Chrome goes for a jog
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — California Chrome has gotten his first look at the site of his final race.
The leading money winner in North American racing history went for a jog at Gulfstream Park early Sunday, two days after arriving to prepare for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28.
California Chrome has never raced in Florida, and his brisk pre-dawn trek onto the Gulfstream dirt — on an unseasonably chilly morning, the 48-degree air feeling colder in the wind — was the first of many scheduled for the next few days. He’s set to have daily early morning gallops until Saturday, when the plan calls for him to breeze five furlongs.
The first trek around Gulfstream was a success, the energetic colt seeming even more revved up by the cool conditions.
“That cold wind hitting him in the butt probably set him off a little bit,” said Alan Sherman, the son of trainer Art Sherman.