July 24, 2024

California Chrome works five furlongs for Winter Challenge

California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 at Los Alamitos on Saturday, December 10, under exercise rider Dihigi Gladney (c) Gary Tasich via Los Alamitos Twitter

California Chrome worked five furlongs over Los Alamitos’ fast main track Saturday morning in 1:00.60 under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney.

The move came one week before the popular chestnut takes part in Los Alamitos’ December 17 Winter Challenge, a prep designed exclusively for the Art Sherman trainee ahead of his run in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park on January 28.

On Saturday, California Chrome clicked off fractions of :25 and :48.60 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.80.

“He just does what he has to do in the mornings,” Sherman said after the move. “Looking forward to running him here, I know he’s got a lot of fans. It’ll be a great day. You get a once-in-a-lifetime horse like him and I like to share him with everybody.”