California Chrome arrives at Arlington Park
California Chrome, Horse of the Year and the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, has finally returned to the United States, Co-owner Steve Coburn and his wife Carolyn announced through Twitter on Tuesday.
The flight carrying Chrome from Amsterdam landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport at 2:55 p.m. yesterday.
Chrome participated in the $10 million World Cup on March 28 in Dubai, where he finished second. But, he scratched from the Group I Prince of Wales's Stakes held at Royal Ascot in England due to a foot bruise.
The famous race horse will now practice at Arlington Park racetrack ahead of the Arlington Million, which is scheduled to take place on August 15, 2015. His groom Raul and exercise rider Anna Wells will be with him at the Chicago-area track that leads up to the Million.
Director of marketing & communications Howard Sudberry said, "They really relished the opportunity to show him off in a different part of the country. Also, the Million is a turf race. Last December, Chrome ran the Hollywood Derby and won it easily, showing he can handle a grass race just fine."
Arlington Park's history is dotted with legends like Secretariat, War Emblem and Spectacular. But only one Kentucky Derby winner has run the Million thus far, viz. Gato Del Sol in 1984.
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