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Living To Race Another Day

Posted by on 11/10/2014 9:08:04 PM

One thing handicappers can say about California Chrome is that he is not a dull commodity nor is his owners. They will to do the sporting thing with the colt after his tough beat in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and will run him next year.

Financially, it’s probably not the smartest thing to do seeing as Chrome would bring a pretty penny at stud but what would one expect from owners that name their operation Dumb Ass Partners.

Owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin named their stable DAP (Dumb All Partners) Racing as a tongue in cheek gesture because they bought California Chrome’s dam Love the Chase.

As for the horse himself, after a poor run in the Pennsylvania Derby he ran his eyeballs out in defeat in the Classic when beaten just a nose and a neck. Love the Chase was purchase for $8,000 and her superstar son has not earned over $4 million. Coburn said he would choose the races California Chrome will run in 2015 very carefully.

Coburn : “The future is good because we're going to race him as a 4-year-old. We're going to be very choosy in the races we'll put this horse in. There's no sense in taking a chance of hurting him.”

Coburn, 62, said he was not worried about missing out on Chrome's big-money potential as a stud because the upcoming campaign would make him more valuable. They are hanging their hat on the thinking that racing as a 4-year-old will be really, really good for the horse and enhance what he did in his 3-year-old campaign.

With the days dwindling for synthetic racing in Southern California, Del Mar has to figure out what to do with the Polytrack itself and they have been pursuing options.

With the meet ending on November 30, the plan is for the Polytrack to start to be removed on December 8. It will be just put in the parking lot and is up for pick up.

The track has put up flyers to advertise free loads to horse people that have riding areas nearby.

So what kind of track will Del Mar have next summer?

It will be a special kind of sand that is indigenous to Southern California and won’t break down.
Special El Segundo sand excavated from sites used for projects at the Los Angeles International Airport will be screened for rocks and foreign materials and make up the composition.

It will be the same sand used at Santa Anita and Los Alamitos and for the first time since before 2007, it will be a case of dirt only.

Bettors playing Del Mar next summer will still have some issues just because of the climate in the area. The proximity to the ocean naturally changes the racing surface because of the air and atmosphere at the beach.

The mornings and early afternoons are often overcast at Del Mar and that has a definite effect on the racetrack.

Handicappers will have to not only pay attention to how horses work in the mornings but how they take to the track in the afternoons. It can be a whole new ballgame.

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