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California Chrome Wins Gr1 Dubai World Cup

Tuesday, 29th March 2016

California Chrome's (Lucky Pulpit-Love the Chase, by Not for Love) evolution into a genuine world-class star was completed on Saturday night when the striking 5YO chestnut scored a brilliant victory in the US$10 million Gr1 Dubai World Cup (2000m) at Meydan racecourse in Dubai. The 2014 US Horse of the Year is now undefeated in all three starts this year after powering to a 3.75-length win over 4YO entire Mubtaahij (Dubawi-Pennegale, by Pennekamp) & fellow US-bred 5YO Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday-Refugee, by Unaccounted For) despite being stranded three wide for the entire race. The victory was also an historic one for the Kentucky Derby & Preakness Stakes winner who became the richest North American racehorse of all time with earnings of US$12,532,650, eclipsing 2008 Dubai World Cup winner Curlin's US$10,501,800. "He's a once-in-a-lifetime horse for me," trainer Art Sherman told Blood Horse. "I'm just elated. I've always wanted to run this horse as a 5-year-old, because that's the best year a horse can have. And in our world right now, we don't have the handicap horses any more...I'm just so happy that it gives racing a big boost to have a horse like that." Sherman said California Chrome's end-of-year targets are the Breeders' Cup Classic and the inaugural running of the US$12 million Pegasus World Championship in January, should that race materialise as envisioned by Frank Stronach.

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