California Chrome to Make Return to Race Track at Pennsylvania Derby

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IAugust 21, 2014

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17:  Victor Espinoza rides atop California Chrome #3 during the post parade for the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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On the heels—or hooves—of winning the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, California Chrome will return to the track. The race horse will trot out again in the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Sept. 20.

Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News reported the story and provides comments from trainer Art Sherman:

The money helped the decision. ... Santa Anita said we know the $100,000 that you and the owners will get made your decision. I told them, ‘It sure as hell helped.’

He’ll be ready. ... Every time I see him train now, he looks stronger.

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California Chrome captivated the world of sports when he nearly captured the first Triple Crown in horse racing since 1978. While the stallion fell short of joining Affirmed and becoming the 12th horse to win the elusive title, he has a chance to earn even more fame in Parx.

The Pennsylvania Derby has plenty of history, but having Chrome in the running will take it to another level. Jerardi puts the horse's involvement in the race into perspective in his report:

What was already going to be a huge day at Parx with the $1 million Cotillion, a showdown that should decide the 3-year-old filly championship, is now off the charts gigantic with the Derby winner scheduled to run. It will be by far the biggest day in the history of Pennsylvania racing, with no close second.

Though California Chrome hasn't run in a race since the Belmont Stakes, the colt has remained ready for the big stage. With plenty of rest since the June 7 event, expect Chrome to come out fresh for the Pennsylvania race.

Recently, the famous horse ran a fast half mile at Los Alamitos, as Jay Privman of Daily Racing Form points out:

Returning at the Pennsylvania Derby is massive for the horse and the event. But the Derby won't be the only race that Chrome enters during the remainder of the season.

According to the Breeders' Cup account, the stallion is also confirmed for the races:

With that event beginning on Oct. 31, Chrome will once again have plenty of time to prepare after the Pennsylvania Derby.

As the horse racing world awaits his return, it will come much sooner than expected. A prize of $100,000 might be huge for Sherman, but seeing California Chrome possibly at the top of the leaderboard yet again should excite the Chromies.

The future for the three-year-old colt appears bright even after losing in the Belmont Stakes. With his return to the track coming in Pennsylvania, he has a shot to mark his place in history yet again.

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