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California Chrome anticipated to run in upcoming meet at Los Alamitos

California Chrome anticipated to run in upcoming meet at Los AlamitosA pair of grade I races for 2-year-olds and an anticipated start by California Chrome   highlight the 2016 Winter meet at Los Alamitos. The eight-day season will begin Thursday, Dec. 8 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 18 with racing conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis. Post time will be 1 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 p.m. weekends. North America's richest Thoroughbred and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome   is scheduled to make his first start at the track where he has been based for nearly three years in the $100,000 guaranteed Winter Challenge Saturday, Dec. 17. Trained by Art Sherman for Taylor Made Farm and co-breeder Perry Martin, California Chrome, who has been a Los Alamitos resident since January, 2014, has won 15 of 25 starts and earned $14,452,650.
 
The Winter Challenge, which will be run at 1 1/16 miles, will be the 5-year-old Lucky Pulpit   horse's final race in California and will serve as a prep for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park. The World Cup is scheduled to be California Chrome's last start before he begins his stud career in Kentucky.
 
"It's been a tremendous honor to have a worldwide star like California Chrome make Los Alamitos Race Course his home base for the past three years," said Brad McKinzie, general manager of the Los Alamitos Racing Association. "For us to have the opportunity to see our hometown hero race at Los Alamitos is like an early Christmas present."
 
The $300,000 Starlet Stakes for fillies and the $300,000 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity (both gr. I) will be run Saturday, Dec. 10. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles and are being offered at Los Alamitos for the third time after being run previously at the now-closed Hollywood Park (1981-2013).
 

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