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California Chrome on Friday morning.
The inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) is Saturday at Gulfstream Park and all the horses entered are on the grounds now. Twelve will start plus there are three substitutes in case specific horses scratch. Here are some photos of them from Friday either at the barns, on the track in the morning, or schooling in the paddock in the afternoon.
|California Chrome got his feet washed on later on Friday morning. His jockey Victor Espinoza said, "He's going into the race in great shape, and hopefully, he'll come out of the race safe and sound, and then he'll go on to his next job, which is going to be even more fun for him, I think."|
|Arrogate came out for a gallop this morning with trainer Bob Baffert looking on. Baffert said, "He's doing fine. He shipped well. He's gotten over the track really well. We're anticipating another big race out of him. The break is going to be crucial. He has to break. If he doesn't break, well, it's going to be tough. We're looking forward to it. It's a tough race; we're running against California Chrome. Hopefully, when they turn for home he's right there running. We're looking forward to it. It's exciting. We've never run for this kind of purse before."|
|Prayer for Relief schooling in the paddock on Friday morning at Gulfstream Park. His trainer Dale Romans said, "I'm happy with the post position. I would think that maybe they would have to let the outside horse run a little more and I know Bob won't want to get hung up down inside so he's going to go anyway, so it's a good spot for him as long as he breaks clean. We just want to get settled on the rail, save some ground and make one run. He's training perfect."|
|Noble Bird galloped early this morning. Norm Casse, assistant to trainer and father Mark said, "All we can do now is hope that Noble Bird breaks sharp, gets comfortable early going into the first turn and see what happens."|
|Eragon galloped again this morning. Trainer Laura Wohlers said, "Out of all the horses we looked at down there (Argentina), we liked him the best. He's not a real big horse, but he's well put together. He's the best specimen we saw."|
|Semper Fortis galloped again this morning. Owner Paul Reddam said, "It just seemed to me that with both California Chrome and Arrogate targeting the race, it was going to be a definite buyer's market, and I didn't want to chase that. But you have to start a horse to get that $250,000 back, so we're in." Asked if he would buy another $1 million share for next year's running, he said, "The answer is, I don't know."|
|Shaman Ghost had one final piece of work for the Pegasus World Cup Friday morning. The 5-year-old covered three furlongs in 38.43 while working from the six-furlong pole to the three-eighths marker. Exercise rider Kelvin Pahal was in the saddle.|
|War Envoy galloped this morning, schooled in the starting gate, then schooled in the paddock between races.|
This little barn cat was stalking an Egyptian Goose on the backstretch this morning. The goose was bigger than him, but he still tried.
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