Published: Thu, November 03, 2016
Health | By Constance Griffith

California Chrome is even-money favorite for Breeders' Cup

California Chrome is even-money favorite for Breeders' Cup

The Hall of Famer has won more than 5,300 races, and his mounts have earned $279 million in a career that started in New Mexico in 1982. However, there is so much more. "Earlier in the meet I had five grade I's on the same day, the biggest day of racing I've ever called, and that was just a precursor to the Breeders' Cup".

Friday at the picturesque Arcadia track will be a race that horse racing aficionados are looking forward to even more than Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic with California Chrome, Arrogate and Frosted. The Breeders' Cup started in 1983 and has been hosted at a variety of racetracks over the course of its history. Together, they teach young horses step by step the ropes of the racing games. Her Breeders' Cup coverage, which concentrates on the Kentucky horses, is provided free to media as a service by Kentucky Downs, Ellis Park, the Kentucky HBPA and

I'm a Chatterbox and Stellar Wind have finished in front of each other once on the track: the Breeders' Cup and the Kentucky Oaks, in which Chatterbox was third to Stellar Wind's fourth.

There are few festivals to compare with the Breeders International fare this weekend. Beholder and Stellar Wind follow at 5-2, and three horses - Curalina, Forever Unbridled and I'm a Chatterbox - are locked at 12-1.

Songbird, a 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, has won her 11 races by a combined 59 1/2 lengths.

The quality of races are second to none and while both Paris and London have tried to stage races aimed at competing, there are no peers.

Jerry Hollendorfer, 70, has guided Songbird through two seasons of perfection with 11 victories in 11 starts - each by at least 3¾ lengths.

If you're a gambler, the biggest races in the Breeders' Cup are the ones where you pick the winners.

Songbird, with Mike Smith up, wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies horse race at Keeneland a year ago.

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A favorite of sponsors, Chrome also has a final tie-in with the Jolly Green Giant for Saturday's race.

The centerpiece of the 37-day meet, which runs from November 4 through December 31, is the Grade 1, $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap on Saturday, November 26, supported by the Grade 2, $300,000 Remsen for 2-year-olds, the first stop through Aqueduct on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby", as well as its sister race, the Grade 2, $300,000 Demoiselle and the Grade 3, $250,000 Comely for 3-year-old fillies. It is the richest race in North America and, arguably, the most important race in the United States.

That's nearly 40 percent more than the current $8.3 million record earned by American Pharoah during his 2015 Triple Crown year.

The $2 million Distaff highlights Friday's four Cup races. Hofmans said. "Just as long as he's not going head-and-head". There has only been two other undefeated winners of the Distaff: Personal Ensign in 1988 and Zenyatta in 2008. Seven of the eight fillies and mares running in the Distaff are Grade 1 winners this year, and three competed in the 2015 Distaff.

Effinex, last year's Classic runner-up, is one of two 15-1 shots in the Classic, along with Hoppertunity, Baffert's other entry. She never made mistakes, never got exhausted.

Kentucky Derby victor Nyquist was pulled from the race with a swollen ankle.

Sprinters are a whole class of horses that run best at distances of one mile and under.

California Chrome's six victories this year include a dominant win in the Dubai World Cup.

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