Chrome team: Draw no excuse
Connections of California Chrome will not be using his outside draw in stall 12 as an excuse if he is beaten in Saturday's inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park.
Arrogate and California Chrome do battle again in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup
The nine-furlong event has drawn the first two home from the Breeders' Cup Classic, with winner Arrogate aiming to top California Chrome once again.
The Classic had been the most lucrative race run in North America with prize money of $6million, but that will be swamped this weekend as the $12m on offer makes it the richest race in the world, surpassing even the Dubai World Cup.
California Chrome is the favourite to turn the form around with his younger rival, but his task has been made harder with the widest draw of all.
"We can't make any excuses," California Chrome's trainer Art Sherman told www.bloodhorse.com.
"The only good thing I thought about this is that he doesn't have to be in the starting gate long.
"Chrome is Chrome; he's got tactical speed. I was hoping that we would get closer inside. He will overcome all this, believe me."
The Pegasus World Cup is scheduled to be California Chrome's last race, with the six-year-old due to embark on his stallion career at Taylor Made Farm.
His key rival Arrogate has been drawn at the opposite end of the field and will start from stall one.
"He's getting stronger every week. I wanted to see what I saw today and he's ready for the big race," said trainer Bob Baffert
"Now we have to ship and there's more hurdles, but I love the way he's training. This horse is so fit. He's ready for the challenge."