California Chrome ‘Awesome’ Yet ‘Again’

Two-time Eclipse winner California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) dazzled for the sixth straight time this season with a front-running success in Santa Anita’s GI Awesome Again S., a “Win and You’re In” event for the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic at this oval Nov. 5. Breaking on top from his rail draw as he did in the GI Pacific Classic, the dual Classic winner was pressed along by “TDN Rising Star” Dortmund (Big Brown), who was wearing blinkers for the first time since his 2014 debut win, through sharp early splits of :22.76 and :46.08 with daylight between them and the rest of the field. Skipping clear of his rivals as he hit the three-eighths pole in 1:09.28, the chestnut simply cantered home under a hand ride from Victor Espinoza to a geared-down victory over a very game Dortmund.