California Chrome Draws Rail in Dubai World Cup Prep

California Chrome drew the rail and will face seven rivals when he goes to the post in a 2000-meter (about ten furlongs) handicap on the main track at Meydan Racecourse Feb. 25.

The 2014 Horse of the Year will be spotting his rivals 15 pounds in the race, which he is using as a prep for the G1 Dubai World Cup March 26.

“He is a bigger and stronger horse this year,” assistant trainer Alan Sherman told the Dubai Racing Club. “He has done everything we have asked of him and are very pleased with his preparations.

“We decided to run this week rather than on Super Saturday to give him a month between races before the World Cup.

“We could not be happier with him and are really excited about having another crack at the Dubai World Cup.”