The world’s number-one ranked thoroughbred California Chrome and premier mare on the dirt Beholder head a stellar lineup in five Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge races to be run on Saturday.
The entire Santa Anita program featuring California Chrome and Beholder will be simulcast at Billy’s Race Book adjacent to Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1:30 p.m.
The winners of each Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge race earns a spot in a Breeders’ Cup race on November 4-5.
North America’s all-time leading money earner with $13,252,650, 5-year-old California Chrome has arrived at Santa Anita from his base at Los Alamitos to compete in the Grade 1, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes.
Winner of the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky derbies, California Chrome comes off a smashing score in the Grade 1, $1-million Pacific Classic on August 20 and has now won five races in a row, including the Group 1, $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26.
Trained by Art Sherman and owned by California Chrome, LLC, the California-bred horse by Lucky Pulpit is tentatively scheduled to begin stud duty at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky following the inaugural $12,000,000 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on January 28.
Three-time Eclipse champion Beholder heads the fillies and mares nominated to the $300,000 mile-and-one sixteenth Zenyatta Stakes. It will serve has her prep race for the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The Richard Mandella-trained Beholder chases a record fourth Zenyatta win
Beholder is expected to face rival Eclipse winner Stellar Wind. The two have raced against each other twice this year. Beholder won the Grade I Vanity Mile at Santa Anita on June 4 and Stellar Wind, last year’s Eclipse Award winning 3-year-old filly, upset Beholder in the Grade I Clement Hirsch at Del Mar on July 30.
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