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California Chrome drills for San Felipe

  • California Chrome clocked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 (Courtesy of Los Alamitos via Twitter)

California Chrome had his final major workout for Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes, going five furlongs Sunday morning at Los Alamitos in 1:00 2/5.

With regular rider Victor Espinoza aboard, the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit skipped over a wet-fast surface in :24 2/5 and :37. Trainer Art Sherman had the easy winner of his last two stakes against Cal-breds galloping out six furlongs in 1:13 1/5.

"He looked good," Sherman said. "In light of all the weather we've had recently, everything went perfect. We'll bring him to Santa Anita Wednesday, he'll school Thursday and Friday and run Saturday."

Trainer John Sadler said Sham Stakes runner-up Kristo would have his final major work Monday for the San Felipe.

In other notable works by Kentucky Derby hopefuls on Sunday, Remsen hero Honor Code blitzed five-eighths in :59 on the fast track at Gulfstream Park.

According to Daily Racing Form's Mike Welsch, Honor Code was ridden by Javier Castellano for his work in company with thrice-raced maiden Special Agent, who clocked :59 2/5.

Clocker Bruno de Julio passed on Bill Blakeman's report of the work, tweeting that Honor Code went "without need of urging, finishing final quarter in :23.3."

An exquisitely-bred son of A.P. Indy, Honor Code has been playing catch-up since bruising his hind ankles earlier this winter. Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey hopes to have him ready to return in the Grade 2 Rebel at Oaklawn Park March 15.

At Oaklawn, Rebel rival Tapiture motored five panels in 1:00 2/5, second best of 48 moves at the distance on the fast track. The Steve Asmussen trainee has won his past two in dominating fashion, taking the November 30 Kentucky Jockey Club and the February 17 Southwest Stakes by 4 1/4 lengths each.

Also tuning up for the Rebel, flashy Oaklawn maiden winner Street Strategy breezed six furlongs in a bullet 1:13 4/5 for Randy Morse.

At Palm Meadows, Todd Pletcher sent out two of his prospects for Saturday's Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby: Sam F. Davis winner Vinceremos sped a half-mile in :48 2/5, while Surfing U S A posted :51.

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California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.