Hallandale Beach, FL – California Chrome ran his final race in the richest Thoroughbred race in history. California Chrome was the pre-race favorite to win the $12 million purse, with the winner taking home $7 million, on Saturday. With a lifetime earning of $14.7 million, California Chrome is one of the most winning race horses ever to step foot on a track, with only Japan’s Orfevre earning more. Chrome goes down in history as North America’s richest horse. Over $40 million was bet at Gulfstream Park, a park record.
Leading up to the starting gate, jockey Victor Espinoza knew California Chrome was in trouble when he balked at the gate. “He’d never done that. That was a bad sign.” When the gates opened, Chrome didn’t have the normal rush and power that he usually had, and by the half mile pole, the race was over for Chrome. “He faded by the half-mile pole. I was pretty much done by that point, but he never really got into the race. Honestly, there’s nothing I can tell you I could have done different. He was just empty. At the first turn I thought I was good, but when we hit the five-eighths, he just completely shut down,” Espinoza said.
California Chrome lost at 9th place, with only 3 horses behind him. Arrogate easily won the race and was able to cruise through the finish line. California Chrome will retire with an estimated $40,000 stud fee.
Photos and Original Story: Miami HeraldAuthor: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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