Author Archive: John Asher
The Churchill Downs Spring Meet that began with such a flourish of impressive victories by California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Untapable in the Longines Kentucky Oaks concluded its 38-day run on Sunday with a mixed bag of results.
The soon-to-conclude Spring Meet at Churchill Downs will be remembered as a racing session highlighted by terrific renewals of the track’s greatest races, but some bumpy going at many other times during its 38-day run.
The prospect of winning the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic ranks high on the list of wishes for anyone in the horse industry, and the background of the first horse to earn a spot in the starting gate for that race is one that gives everyone hope.
Just short of five weeks since a dominant victory in the Kentucky Derby became the signature moment in the racing career of California Chrome, the opportunity to strengthen his legacy is now, depending on when you read this, just days or hours away.
The clocking is ticking toward California Chrome’s Belmont Stakes bid that could make the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner the first 3-year-old Thoroughbred since 1978 to win the elusive Triple Crown.
The 72-hour period surrounding last week’s 139th running of the Preakness Stakes was interesting for many reasons, but the respective tales of two horses provided the most compelling news.
The Kentucky Derby winner who has quickly become a “people’s horse” with his easy victory at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May pulled out of town on Monday morning, bound for a new challenge over a new track that could add further allure to his expanding public profile.