There is little question that California Chrome is the world’s most popular horse, but on Saturday night he was also named the best horse, winning the Eclipse Award for horse of the year for the second time. The annual crowning of the best horses in a mind-numbing array of specific categories was held at Gulfstream Park in south Florida a week before Chrome is to run the final race of his career. And much like this coming Saturday’s $12-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the Eclipse Award came down to the same two horses — California Chrome and Arrogate. It was a simple choice. Do you pick the horse with the best full year or the horse with the best last quarter of the year and beat the
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita has canceled Sunday's eight-race card because of safety concerns amid heavy rain and wind. Track officials say nearly 14½ inches of rain has fallen at the racetrack since Dec. 10. Sunday's storm was forecast to bring another 3 to 6 inches. The track has received more than 3 inches of rain since Thursday. Officials say they will add an extra day of racing to the schedule in the near future to make up for the canceled races. The track will resume live racing as usual on Thursday.
Grand campaigner Ecuador has announced his intention to be an autumn carnival player, winning the Listed Carrington Stakes to continue a perfect start to his campaign. The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained seven-year-old made it back-to-back wins over 1400m as he took his career prize money past $830,000. Carrying 61kg, Ecuador got a charmed run with cover behind the leader and sprinted clear to win by 1-1/4 lengths.