This past weekend saw California Chrome and his rider Dihigi Gladney put in their final work for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (gr. I) that will take place on January 28 at Gulfstream Park. The 2014 Horse of the Year, and front runner for 2016 Horse of the Year honors, was clocked at 1:00 3/5 for his five-furlong run.
“He has adapted to this track. I know a lot of people say that, ‘Oh, my horse is doing good,’ but I can’t think of a track that we actually took him to that he’s actually bad on,” said Gladney. “He just loves to train. From the first day we jogged him here, he really didn’t want to jog… I had to take him two times around to knock the edge off of him. I was so glad the next day came around and we galloped him. He’s just been all together taking to this whole surface.
“The track was a little heavy (Jan. 14), but he got over it really easy,” added Gladney. “I think a lot of that has to do with the way he’s made. His body type shows he can get over most any type of surface. He went a minute in change and I didn’t try to (push) him or anything.”
California Chrome will be given one final Pegasus tune-up on January 21. It’s expected that legendary trainer Art Sherman will be in attendance prior to the tune-up.