California Chrome a go for turf debut in Hollywood Derby

California Chrome is entered in Saturday's Hollywood Derby on the Del Mar grass course.

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Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is going to try turf for the first time.

The 3-year-old colt was entered Wednesday in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby, where he will face five rivals in 1-1/8-mile race Saturday at Del Mar.

Trainer Art Sherman had nominated California Chrome for both the Native Diver Handicap at 1-1/8 miles on the artificial Polytrack surface and the Hollywood Derby. But state racing rules allow only one race to be entered, and Sherman chose the turf race.

Sherman says that by having California Chrome try the turf it will give the horse more options when he runs next year as a 4-year-old.

California Chrome worked a half-mile on the Jimmy Durante turf course last Sunday. He will gallop on it Thursday. Regular rider Victor Espinoza will be aboard Saturday.

The other entries for the $300,000 race are Cabral, Flamboyant, Lexie Lou, Sawyer’s Hill and Talco.

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