California Chrome blows away field in Pacific Classic

Goose bumps. They happen when sports fans witness greatness, and there was no mistaking what a crowd of 24,155 was feeling and seeing from start to finish during Saturday’s $1-million Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

California Chrome, the world’s No. 1 money-winning thoroughbred,  burst out of the starting gate from the No. 1 hole and led every step of the 1 1/4-mile race en route to a five-length victory over three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder. Dortmund finished third.

"He's just an amazing horse,” jockey Victor Espinoza said. “He won so easy today. I’m going to say this now — this is the best horse I’ve ever ridden."

A lot of jockeys say that after a big win, but  consider that Espinoza rode American Pharoah to the Triple Crown last year.