The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner of two seasons ago took his second shot at the Dubai World Cup with resounding success, pulling away smartly from his 11 rivals in time of 2:01.83, a new track record for 2,000 meters at the Meydan, UAE, race track. The brilliant Victor Espinoza, American Triple Crown winner aboard American Pharoah in 2015, led Chrome to the victory despite a saddle glitch launching from Gate 11.
Espinoza said he was "just trying to keep...balance...not move my body" as he survived the saddle slipping under him and "kept looking forward". He found the wire with his mount going easy under him, he claimed.
Last year, California Chrome finished second in the Dubai World Cup. This season's triumph earned him $6 million from the total purse and set him in the driver's seat of North American Thoroughbred money winners. He surpassed two-time (2007-'08) Horse of the Year Curlin for top dollar honors.