California Chrome is expected to return to the work tab Aug. 8 with his first official move since running fourth in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, according to connections of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner.
Now that the second hurdle has been cleared by Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome, who with a May 17 Preakness victory became the first California-bred in history to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
Somali Lemonade had never been to Pimlico Race Course before, but on the track's biggest card in front of a Preakness Day throng, the 5-year-old mare held on to victory in the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap.
Preakness Stakes contender Ride On Curlin, whose connections are embracing the old adage "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again," breezed four furlongs in :49 ⅗ seconds on an overcast morning at Pimlico Race Course May 14.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve, second to California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby, will target a run in the June 7 Belmont Stakes instead of running in the Preakness two weeks after his big effort, the group's president Terry Finley said.
Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow, stablemate Will Take Charge, and Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul all turned in preparations for the June 8 Belmont Stakes on the morning of May 30 at Churchill Downs.
Summer Applause ground her way to the lead in the stretch in the $148,500 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes Presented by Toyota, then held off Sea Island for a two-length win May 18 at Pimlico Race Course.