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Del Mar racing in late fall? California Chrome makes it even better
Del Mar racing in late fall? California Chrome makes it even better

California Chrome made it a rare November to remember in horse racing Saturday. It takes a real star to do that. Running on a surface on which he had never raced before, at a made-for-summer seaside track that never before ran a race this late in the year, and facing the devastating prospect for a Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion of four losses in a row in the same calendar year, Chrome cruised to victory. He won by 2 1/2 lengths in the $300,000 Grade I Hollywood Derby, over 1 1/8 miles, at Del Mar. That's the place we hear of in late summer, over and over again, about turf meeting surf. It's where opening day annually attracts 40,000-plus and many of the women turn a...

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