It was a day designed to celebrate the greatness of California Chrome, the most popular horse in the world. But amid the euphoria of his stirring stretch duel with Dortmund was the underlying sadness of a sport whose harsh realities have been on display since the opening of the Del Mar meeting a week ago Friday. Chrome delighted the crowd with his half-length victory in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap on Saturday. It was the first race for the 5-year-old Cal-bred since winning the $10 million Dubai World Cup, which made him the all-time winningest horse in North America. Dortmund gave Chrome everything he could handle over the 1 1/16-mile race, but in the end, when Chrome need a couple late
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(CNN)Highland Reel claimed victory in the King George the VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot racecourse in Berkshire, England, Saturday. The 13-8 favorite, ridden by Ryan Moore, edged out Wings of Desire into second while Dartmouth, owned by UK monarch, Queen Elizabeth, could only place third.
A field of seven 3-year-old fillies is set to compete in Sunday’s $75,000 Washington Oaks at Emerald Downs. Princess Kennedy, Emerald Downs’ champion 2-year-old filly of 2015, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the 11/8-mile race. Find Joy, who won the Kent Stakes at 1 1/16 miles a month ago while going off at 14-1, is the 5-2 second choice. Princess Kennedy,has finished fifth, third and second while running in all three 3-year-old filly stakes at the meet.