Report: California Chrome returning to races in Pennsylvania Derby
The reigning Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome will be returning to the races on Sept. 20 in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, Philly.com reported.
California Chrome will be heading to the Northeast.
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Reigning Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome will make his return to the races on Sept. 20 in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, trainer Art Sherman told Philly.com.
"The money helped the decision," Sherman said Thursday.
California Chrome -- who won the first two legs of the Triple Crown before finishing in a dead heat for fourth in the Belmont -- will be the first reigning Kentucky Derby winner to race at the track. Spectacular Bid and Smarty Jones each raced at Parx -- then known as Philadelphia Park -- but that was before winning the Run for the Roses.
By running in the Pennsylvania Derby, Sherman and Chrome's owners are going to each receive a guaranteed $100,000 as part of a bonus tied to the race. The owner and trainer each are entitled to $50,000 for a horse that wins any of five races: Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Haskell or Travers. This is in addition to the $600,000 winner's purse for the race .
"Santa Anita said we know the $100,000 that you and the owners will get made your decision," Sherman told Philly.com. "I told them, 'It sure as hell helped.' "
Sherman added the Awesome Again at Santa Anita is the backup plan if something goes wrong.
"When you have a layup, you just kind of got to play it by ear, see how he's coming along, see which would be the right move," Sherman said via Philly.com.