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Chrome Strong After Winter Romp
Trainer Art Sherman has confirmed that champion US galloper California Chrome was his usual energetic self following his 12 length romp in the Winter Challenge Stakes at Los Alamitos racecourse on Saturday, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes & Dubai World Cup winner will now be prepared for his final race start in the inaugural running of the US$12 million Gr1 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on 28 January, where he will once again clash with rising star Arrogate. Arrogate shot to the top of the World's Best Racehorse Rankings following his thrilling win over California Chrome in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic in November. "He looked great," Sherman said on Sunday. "Even though he broke the track record, he's strong right now. [After the race], he took a couple of deep breaths and got on his hay net. He looked like he had never run a mile and a sixteenth. He's a remarkable horse, he's pretty cool." Sherman explained that the 2014 US Horse of the Year would ship to Gulfstream Park on 6 January to familiarise himself with the track. "On January 6, we're going to Florida," Sherman said "We'll bring him there about three weeks before. I want to get him there. He's never run in the slop, and they get a lot of rain there during that time of year. It will be a good way to judge if he handles the mud. I think he's going to be fine, I really do." California Chrome will commence stud duties at Taylor Made Farm next year.