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California Chrome, Candy Boy tune up for SA Derby clash

  • Candy Boy's six-furlong drill was "solid," according to Gary Stevens (Benoit Photo)

California Chrome and Candy Boy, who figure to be the top two betting choices in the Santa Anita Derby, had their penultimate workouts Saturday morning for the Grade 1, $1 million race on April 5. California Chrome sped a half-mile at his Los Alamitos headquarters and Candy Boy drilled six furlongs at Santa Anita.

The California-bred California Chrome, winner of three straight stakes including the San Felipe Stakes on March 8, went four furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza in :472/5.

"Very good," is how trainer Art Sherman termed California Chrome's move. "I got him galloping out (five furlongs) in 1:00 2/5.

"He was not wearing blinkers, because I didn't want him to work too fast, but he'll wear them in the Santa Anita Derby. He'll have one more half-mile work next Saturday and ship to Santa Anita five days before the race."

Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Candy Boy went in company and was clocked in 1:12 4/5 under Gary Stevens, who will seek to add to his Santa Anita Derby record of nine victories in the West Coast's major steppingstone to the May 3 Kentucky Derby.

Stevens called the work "solid."

"Very nice," trainer John Sadler said. "He'll have one more work before the Santa Anita Derby and we're ready to go."

Another candidate for the Santa Anita Derby, recent maiden winner Big Tire, worked five furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:01 2/5 for Mark Glatt.