California Chrome is ready for his first race since the Belmont Stakes on June 7.
Bensalem, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome had some schooling Friday morning at Parx Racing in preparation for Saturday's $1 million, 1 1/8-mile Pennsylvania Derby.
The chestnut colt's trainer Art Sherman made his way from Los Angeles and described the Friday session as he gets California Chrome ready for the first race since the Belmont Stakes on June 7.
"California Chrome looked great, galloped this morning was on the bit," Sherman said. "He stood in the gate, reluctant to go in at first, but then after he went in he was fine. He looks great."
This is big, really big
By Don Agriss, Horse Racing Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Ten years after the Pennsylvania Derby was going to host for the first time the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner in the form of local runner Smarty Jones, Parx Racing will finally get that honor on Saturday when California Chrome starts the 1 1/8-mile race.
This is big, really big for the little racetrack just over the city line from Northeast Philly.
Oh, there have been Triple Crown race winners who have competed at the track in the 40 years since it opened in 1974.
In the early days of the Pennsylvania Derby, horses used the race as a final prep for the Belmont Stakes. Temperance Hill won the 1980 "Test of the Champion" after failing to win the PA Derby as the favorite, but went on to become that year's champion 3-year-old.