California Chrome leads Breeders’ Cup field

California Chrome leads Breeders’ Cup field
California Chrome eases to victory in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita. The race was described as a paid workout for the beloved thoroughbred.

California Chrome eases to victory in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita. The race was described as a paid workout for the beloved thoroughbred.

California Chrome, the thoroughbred horse that captured the hearts of many race fans in California and the world, returns to Santa Anita this week for the 33rd edition of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship.

Chrome will run in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and is a co-favorite with Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate in the field of 10 3-year-olds and up.

The race marks the climax of this weekend’s 13 championship races at Santa Anita. The event will be televised on NBCSN. The main NBC Network will air Saturday’s classic beginning at 5:35 p.m.

In all 169 horses, including California Chrome, are entered in the Breeders’ Cup races. On Friday, the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 mile, will feature Beholder, Songbird and Stellar Wind in a field of eight.

Songbird has won 11 straight races including last year’s Breeders’ Cup race for juvenile fillies. This will be her first start against older fillies and mares.

Mike Smith is up. Songbird is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.

Other races Friday include:

—$1 million Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, where Dortmund is favored in a field of nine;

— $1 million Grade I Juvenile Turf, Oscar Performance in the 13 hole, is a 4-1 favorite in a field of 14, and;

— $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, where Roly Poly is favored at 4-1 on the morning line.

On Thursday and Friday, the Foothill Advocate will have racing expert Eddie the Hat’s complete handicap and analysis of all 13 Breeders’ Cup races as well as other info on California Chrome and the Breeders’ Cup in Southern California.

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