Several Horse Racing Stories from Around the Web
Added on: Sept. 9, 2014
It was recently announced that the $500,000 Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity was officially added to the series of racing events which will make up the ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ 2014/15. The Los Alamitos Futurity used to be called the Hollywood from 1981 to 2006 and then it changed to the CashCall from 2007 to 2013.
Kevin Flannery, the Racetrack President at Churchill Downs commented on this latest adjustment to one the most exciting events on the horse racing calendar, “The robust commitments by the team at Los Alamitos suggest a strong desire to be included in our series, and we’re confident the race is likely to attract aspiring and compelling Derby prospects.” He then finished by saying, “We’re delighted to welcome the Los Alamitos Futurity to the Kentucky Derby Prep Season.”
In other news, Glen Hill Farm’s ‘Global View’, ridden by Gary Stevens and trained by Tom Proctor, won the 23rd $294,500 American Turf (Grade II) Presented by Ram Trucks by over-taking ‘Storming Inti’ in the final paces. This is the third time this jockey has won this event since his first victory while riding ‘Unanimous Vote’ back in 1995 and then again on ‘Dernier Croise’ just three years later.
“He's got a powerful, powerful kick. I think he's going to be a top, top turf horse, I'm talking Grade I. He's still learning. He's a big colt. He's still developing right now. He's only going to get better,” said Stevens. All of these comments contained above came from the official Kentucky Derby website.
Also in the news recently was ‘California Chrome’. In preparation for a return to competitive racing, on September 6th the dual classic winner trained in front of enthusiastic spectators at his home ground of Los Alamitos Race Track. This latest public training session comes just a couple of weeks before he is expected to take part in the $1M Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing on September. This will be California Chrome’s first competitive event since June.
“I thought it was a fantastic work,” said California Chrome’s trainer, Art Sherman. “Actually better than I thought it was going to be. I figured if he went in 1:12 and change or 1:13, I would be really happy…” added Sherman. He finished by saying, “We'll get another strong work into him before he leaves and I just hope that will do the trick going a mile-and-an-eighth. “I thought [the fans] were great. They were all applauding. It makes it fun. Los Alamitos is his home track and we're happy to be here.” These words came from the official ESPN website.