California Chrome Gallops Home in 'Challenge'

The Winter Challenge was supposed to be a procession—a proper sendoff for the King of California.

And that's exactly what it was.

California Chrome  , the California-bred with an unpretentious pedigree who has captured so many hearts during his four seasons of racing, romped in the race that was designed for him to romp in. The son of Lucky Pulpit   cruised home 12 lengths ahead of the rest of the field in the $180,000 event and stopped the clock in 1:40.03 for 1 1/16 miles, a track record at Los Alamitos Race Course. The previous track record of 1:40.82 was set by Uncle Lino, appropriately in the California Chrome Stakes.