Cal­i­for­nia Chrome still fa­vorite for Horse of the Year honor

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

AR­CA­DIA >> Cal­i­for­nia Chrome lost the Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic by a half-length, but the 5-year-old re­mains the fa­vorite to win Horse of the Year hon­ors de­spite his lone de­feat in seven races this year.

Had he won, Cal­i­for­nia Chrome likely would have been a unan­i­mous choice for the same ti­tle he won in 2014, when he cap­tured the Ken­tucky Derby and Preak­ness as a 3-year-old.

Ar­ro­gate’s up­set vic­tory Satur­day in the $6 mil­lion race in­serted the late-de­vel­op­ing colt into con­sid­er­a­tion for 3-yearold hon­ors, prov­ing that his 13 ½-length win in the Travers at Saratoga in Au­gust wasn’t a f luke.

Be­sides Cal­i­for­nia Chrome, Ar­ro­gate beat fel­low Grade 1 win­ners Effinex, Frosted, Hop­per­tu­nity, Keen Ice and Me­la­tonin in the Clas­sic.

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