California Chrome has handled everything easily so far as he approaches the toughest test of his career in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby April 5. Co-owner Steve Coburn could not be more confident in the upstart California-bred colt's chances.
Recent San Felipe Stakes winner California Chrome could be entered for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby next month, but firm plans for the colt's next race were still undetermined as of the morning of March 16.
Candy Boy stamped himself as the top contender for the Santa Anita Derby when he overpowered a pair of well-regarded Bob Baffert trainees in winning the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 8 at Santa Anita Park.
Goldencents made a solid return to sprinting one month ago when second by a head in the Bing Crosby Stakes, and the Santa Anita Derby winner is back on the Del Mar main track Aug. 25 against 12 opponents in the Pat O'Brien Stakes.
His foray into the 2013 Triple Crown season behind him, Goldencents gets back to work in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes, a six-furlong sprint at Del Mar in which he will face older horses for the first time.