Saturday, August 20, 2016
The margin was insignificant, because the field never had a chance against California Chrome Aug. 20 in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar.
In one of the most anticipated matchups outside of Breeders' Cup in recent memory, the 2014 Horse of the Year broke like a champ, took command immediately from his rail post under jockey Victor Espinoza, and was never threatened in his five-length, geared-down victory.
Three-time champion Beholder, who tracked California Chrome for every step of the 1 1/4 miles, finished a clear second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of grade I winner Dortmund.
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