Art Sherman

California Chrome every bit as good as expected, wins by 12 lengths and sets Los Alamitos track record

California Chrome every bit as good as expected, wins by 12 lengths and sets Los Alamitos track record

California Chrome’s racing career in his home state finished in the spectacular fashion everyone expected. He won Saturday’s $180,000 Winter Challenge by 12 lengths at Los Alamitos and did it without really trying.

If that’s not enough, he set a track record for 1 1/16 miles by more than three-quarters of a second with a time of 1:40.03. The previous record was set by Uncle Lino in, coincidentally, the California Chrome Stakes.

Chrome is stabled at Los Alamitos, yet he had never run a race there. Still he is a rock star at the Orange County track, and pretty much everywhere else. He routinely attracts crowds at Los Alamitos on Saturday mornings when he...

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