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Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome at Del Mar on November 29th

Horse Racing: Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome at Del Mar on November 29thDEL MAR — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome likely will race at Del Mar on Nov. 29, according to his trainer Art Sherman, in a race that could affect the outcome of Eclipse Award voting for Horse of the Year and top 3-year-old.

Sherman said Wednesday that he nominated the 3-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit to the Grade I Hollywood Derby at 1 1/8 miles on the turf course for 3-year-olds that day, and the Grade III, $200,000 Native Diver at 1 1/8 miles on the Polytrack against older horses on the same card. Sherman said he prefers to run California Chrome on the turf.

“I talked to the jockeys and they all like that turf course right now,” Sherman said. “It’s the last year for the Polytrack, and I just think he’ll like that turf course. I’ve always wanted to see how he ran on turf, and this is a good opportunity. It will give us so many more options in races next year when he runs as a 4-year-old.

Alan Sherman, assistant to his father at Los Alamitos where California Chrome is stabled and trains, said the colt has been training really well since finishing third in the controversial Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. Bayern won the race, but only after taking out Shared Belief and Moreno when he veered sharply to the left at the start. California Horse Racing Board stewards ruled not to disqualify Bayern in a ruling that has been roundly criticized by most in horse racing. California Chrome was a strong, closing third.

“He hasn’t run on turf, but why not?” Alan Sherman said. “That’s a great 3-year-old race (Hollywood Derby).”

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