LARC NEWS Posted: 5/13/2014 5:03:34 PM

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     California Chrome, winner of the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), heads a star-studded list of 56 horses nominated to the inaugural running of the $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) to be held on Saturday, July 5 during the Orange County track’s new Thoroughbred meet.

California Chrome is no stranger to Los Alamitos Race Course, as he was stabled and trained here prior to winning the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.  Owned by Steve Coburn and Perry Martin and trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome was one of the first horses nominated to the race at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt. The Los Alamitos Derby will be the marquee event of the track’s eight-day summer season that will run from July 3 through July 13.    

The list of Los Alamitos Derby nominations also features the unbeaten Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old colt Shared Belief; Dance With Fate, who won the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I); Hoppertunity, winner of the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) and gallant runner-up to California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I); Candy Boy, who won the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II); and Chitu, winner of the Sunland Park Derby (gr. III). Dance With Fate, Candy Boy and Chitu faced California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

The Los Alamitos Derby is the opening leg of the brand new $1 million Bolton Challenge bonus, which would be paid to any horse that can win the Los Alamitos Derby, the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) on August 24 at Del Mar, and the $5 million Breeder's Cup Classic (gr. I) on November 1 at Santa Anita Park. The Bolton Challenge is offered by the Los Alamitos Racing Association in partnership with the California-based insurance brokerage firm Bolton & Company.

Other top names nominated to the Los Alamitos Derby include Bayern, the third place finisher in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I); Diamond Bachelor, winner of the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf Stakes; Awesome Return, who scored in the Snow Chief Stakes; plus the graded stakes placed runners Kristo, Pablo Del Monte, and Rprettyboyfloyd. Led by Hoppertunity, Bayern and Chitu, Bob Baffert trains a total of five horses nominated. Doug O’Neill  trains 10 of the nominees, while Jerry Hollendorfer conditions three other horses nominated in addition to champion Shared Belief, who has not raced since winning the Cash Call Futurity (gr. I) on December 14. Shared Belief is back in training and morst recently worked five furlongs handily from the gate in 1:00.80 at Golden Gate on May 8. For more information on the Los Alamitos Derby, please call Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Racing Secretary Bob Moreno at 714-820-2658. Nominations to the Los Alamitos Futurity, formerly the Cash Call Futurity, and Starlet will close on Thursday, May 15. Both of those races will be held during the December meeting at Los Alamitos Race Course.  

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