By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS AMGELES (Reuters) - California Chrome, North America's all-time leading money earner, and Travers Stakes winner Arrogate headed an impressive list of 14 pre-entries announced on Wednesday for next week's Breeders' Cup Classic. California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2014, is unbeaten this year after romping to victory in all six races in dominant fashion, including the Dubai World Cup on March 26. Santa Anita Derby champion in 2014, 'Chrome' has accumulated career earnings of $13.4 million and is expected to start the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at iconic Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Nov. 5 as favorite to win.
Winx was the bright star of weekend Thoroughbred racing, winning her second straight Cox Plate in a romp. Winx not only rolled to her 13th straight win and second straight Cox Plate on Saturday -- she did it with such authority that trainer Chris Waller now is eyeing Royal Ascot. In a Friday night shocker, top-ranked and heavily favorite Chautauqua was off slowly in the Group 1 William Hill Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley and couldn't make up the ground at the end, finishing seventh, beaten some 2 lengths by 60-1 long shot Rebel Dane. Ben Melham rode the winner for trainer Gary Portelli, scraping the paint throughout, then surging to the lead inside the furlong marker and hanging on desperately to score by a head.