California Chrome is best in the West, and maybe …

Mar 8th, 2014 | By TrackSide View | Category: Handicapping

Ron Correll
Senior columnist

(Updated 3-13-14)

California Chrome wowed the racing world Saturday with a dominating win in the San Felipe at Santa Anita Park. It was the second fastest time ever (1:40.59) for the stakes race and he was geared down in the final sixteenth of a mile. He was eight lengths in front at the finish. He could back in the Santa Anita Derby, but with the 50 points he received in winning the San Felipe he is guaranteed a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate. Trainer Art Sherman said after the race he’ll play it by ear on his next race.

Ring Weekend upset the Tampa Bay Derby and also picked up 50 points, but I’m not sure what he beat.

Earlier Saturday is was announced that Top Billing is off the Triple Crown trail after fracturing his right front cannon bone during a workout March 8 at Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla. The 3-year-old son of Curlin was third in the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.

I will also list the number of points each horse has behind their names.

Cairo Prince (14) is by Pioneerof the Nile and dominated the Grade 2 Holy Bull and stay here until another colt really impresses me. He will wait until the Florida Derby. He’s eight on the points list.

California Chrome (50) is by Lucky Pulpit and destroyed the field in the San Felipe. The race was first run in 1952 and California Chrome’s winning time of 1:40.59 was the second fastest in the history of the race. All he has to do is get to Kentucky and I think he’ll surprise a lot of people.

Social Inclusion (0) is by Pioneerof the Nile and made Honor Code look average in an allowance race March 12 at Gulfstream Park. Colt may be pointed to the Florida Derby.

Intense Holiday (53) is by Harlan’s Holiday and he won the Risen Star and this maybe Pletcher Derby horse.

Samraat (60) is by Noble Causeway and fought gallantly to win the Gotham. Wood Memorial likely next.

Wildcat Red (50) is by D’Wildcat and he won the Fountain of Youth but I don’t think he wants to go farther.

Albano (24) is by Istan and was second in the Risen Star. He too may have distant limitations.

Tapiture (22) is by Tapit and he won the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn.

Uncle Sigh (24) is by Indian Charlie and lost the Gotham by a neck. Wood is next.

In Trouble (10) is by Tiz Wonderful and was another neck back in third in the Gotham. Wood is next.

Ring Weekend (50) is by Tapit and won the Tampa Bay Derby.

Vicar’s in Trouble (20) is by Into Mischief and he was third in the Risen Star. Jury still out.

General a Rod (20) is by Roman Ruler and he could not run down Wildcat Red in the Fountain of Youth.

Honor Code (14) is by AP Indy and was second in an allowance race on March 12 at Gulfstream. He looked like he had been off for several months.

Tamarando (12) is by Bertrando and is headed to the Santa Anita Derby.

Midnight Hawk (32) is by Midnight Lute and was second in the San Felipe.

Rise Up (10) is by Rockport Harbor and had a terrible start in the Risen Star, rushed up and was rank. He did himself in. He gets one more chance.

Bond Holder (11) is by Mineshaft and was supposed to run in the Risen Star but was scratched and now will go in the Tampa Bay Derby.

Candy Boy (10) is by Candy Ride and the Santa Anita Derby is next.

Noble Moon (10) is by Malibu Moon.

Havana (14) is by Dunkirk was scratched from Swale with quarter crack.

The rest can be in any order:

Ami’s Holiday (10), Cleburne (10), Tanzanite Cat (10), Strong Mandate (6), Casiguapo (5), Classic Giacnroll (5), Ride On Curlin (5), East Hall (5), Hoppertunity (5), Conquest Titan (9) and Smarty’s Echo (4).

Here are some others to keep an eye on:

We Miss Artie (10) is by Artie Schiller and he needs to go to grass.

Bayern is by Offlee Wild and won an allowance race impressively on Feb. 14 at Santa Anita.

Constitution is by Tapit and won an allowance race on Feb. 22 at Gulfstream

Tonalist is by Tapit and was second in that allowance at Gulfstream Park.

Vinceremos is by Pioneerof the Nile and was second in the Tampa Bay Derby.

Indianapolis (Medaglia d ‘Oro), Day of Fury (Street Sense) and Kristo (Distorted Humor.

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