Chrome team has difference of opinion over San Antonio
Espinoza was delighted, while trainer Art Sherman wanted something faster.
“I think he went excellent,” Espinoza said. “He was steady all the way
“I think he’s stronger this year. The way he feels when I work him, he’s
“I thought he was going to work him faster,” Sherman said. “Victor told me
“I think it’s a good work but I would have liked a sharper workout
for this race. He’s doing so good though, so…his gallop out was stronger than
it has been. He galloped out in 1:11 and four (fifths).
“He was so strong pulling up. He’ll be fresh and ready, I can tell you that.”
Hudak, however, caught California Chrome’s six-furlong gallop-out in 1:14.
Alan Sherman, the trainer’s son and assistant, was satisfied with the move.
“He went good; we’re happy with him,” Alan said. “He’ll ship to Santa Anita
on Tuesday and gallop on the track Wednesday.”
In other San Antonio news:
Victorious in the Clark H. (G1) at Churchill Downs two back, Hoppertunity was
“He’s running,” trainer Bob Baffert said unequivocally after Hoppertunity
“That’s good for him,” the Hall of Famer said of Hoppertunity’s time.
Shared Belief is scheduled to have his final major breeze for the San Antonio
“He’ll work a half-mile under Russell Baze,” Jerry Hollendorfer said by phone
Shared Belief, who could very well be unbeaten had his chances of winning the
Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) not been compromised by a rough start, will be
seeking his ninth win from 10 career starts in the San Antonio.
“He’s a very consistent horse,” Hollendorfer said.
Trainer Bob Hess Jr. said Sunday morning he was “50-50” on running San
Pasqual third-place finisher Blue Tone (Birdstone) in the San Antonio or the
Donn at Gulfstream the same day.
“If he runs here,” Hess said, “Kent (Desormeaux) will ride him.”
Blue Tone worked five furlongs Sunday morning in a bullet :59, fastest of 59
drills at the distance at Santa Anita, the average time of which was 1:01.31.
Trainer Mark Casse said he “wasn’t sure” on Dynamic Sky (Sky Mesa), who also
is nominated to Saturday’s San Marcos S. (G2) at 1 1/8 miles on turf,
where the John Oxley colorbearer has run seven times in his 21-race career.
“We’ve been preparing him like he’s going to run in the dirt race,” Casse
said. “We’re definitely thinking about it and appreciate being invited. We’ll
talk to Mr. Oxley and decide.”
Trainer Sean McCarthy said Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) winner Majestic
Harbor (Rockport Harbor) will go in the San Marcos, not the San Antonio.
Majestic Harbor worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Sunday in 1:00
Chilean import Bronzo (Fusaichi Pegasus) covered six panels in 1:14 2/5 ahead
of a probable tilt at the San Antonio. Gary Stevens has the mount.
Probable for the San Antonio, which will be limited to 10 starters: Bronzo;
California Chrome; Clubhouse Ride (Candy Ride), Aaron Gryder; Hoppertunity;
Shared Belief, Mike Smith; Tonito M. (Rock Hard Ten), Rafael Bejarano; Alfa Bird
(Birdstone), Tyler Baze; and Imperative (Bernardini), Flavien Prat.
The race will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.