Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome ran away Saturday with another Derby – Del Mar’s Grade I Hollywood Derby – enhancing his chances for top 3-year-old and Horse of the Year.
The Southern California-based chestnut colt won his first race on the turf before an enthusiastic crowd that sent him off as the 7 to 10 favorite.
Fans crowded Del Mar’s paddock — with some waiting for hours — to catch a glimpse of the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit. One of his owners, Steve Coburn, waved with both hands to what seemed to be a California Chrome fan club meeting.
The fans weren’t disappointed, cheering as California Chrome finished about two lengths in front of the filly, Lexie Lou, and four other horses.
Terri Vermeulen Keith is an award-winning journalist with a passion for horse racing. Her favorite horse is and probably always will be 1994 Horse of the Year Holy Bull. Her family vacations usually include a trip to the horse races or a horse farm