California Chrome, Candy Boy Almost Ready for Santa Anita Derby
By Dick Downey
California Chrome and Candy Boy have most of their major work done now for the Santa Anita Derby. One workout remains for each.
California Chrome, victor in the San Felipe Stakes, went four furlongs at Los Alamitos under regular rider Victor Espinoza in :47:40 (5/29).
Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Candy Boy went in company and was clocked in 1.12:80 (4/15) under Gary Stevens, who has won nine runnings of the Santa Anita Derby.
“Very good” trainer Art Sherman said of California Chrome's move. “I got him galloping out in 1:00 2/5. He was not wearing blinkers, because I didn’t want him to work too fast, but he’ll wear them in the Santa Anita Derby.
“He’ll have one more half-mile work next Saturday and ship to Santa Anita five days before the race.”
“Very nice,” trainer John Sadler said of Candy Boy. “He’ll have one more work before the Santa Anita Derby and we’re ready to go." Stevens called the work “solid”.
Maiden winner Big Tire, a candidate for the Santa Anita Derby, worked five furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:01.40 for Mark Glatt.