Texas Chrome Wins Super Derby at Louisiana Downs

08.09.2016, by Jim
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Texas Chrome didn’t have an easy time earning his victory in the Grade 3, $400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. In some ways, however, it’s more impressive when a horse ‘scraps out’ a victory than it is when they win a race by multiple lengths. Texas Chrome definitively showed ‘scrap’ as he won his sixth career stakes race battling down the stretch to beat Dalmore at the wire by 1/2 length.

It was the most significant–and most financially lucrative–victory not only of Texas Chrome’s racing career but also for his connections: owner Danny Keene, trainer J.R. Caldwell, and jockey C.J. McMahon. It was a very well executed tactical plan that put him in a position to win. Jockey McMahon positioned Texas Chrome just off the pace set by runner up Dalmore who set fractions of 24.59 seconds for the opening quarter and 49.13 for the half-mile. When Texas Chrome finally got his opening he made his move–Dalmore went three wide in the final turn which left the victor with an inside route to the front. That got him even with Dalmore for the stretch run where Texas Chrome was able to cross the wire first.

Jockey McMahon recounted the move that put his mount in a position to win: “Coming up to the five-sixteenths pole, I saw a hole open up and I opted to go for it and he showed me he was game to go and so was I. He accelerated and he finished phenomenally for me.”

Texas Chrome punched his ticket to the Super Derby with a win in last month’s $100,000 Prelude Stakes. Trainer Caldwell said that his horse came out of that race in great shape: “He came out of the Prelude so well. As well as he came off of his last race, and the way he’s been training, and he had a trip across the track, I didn’t think they could outrun him. You hate to be that confident, but I knew I had the horse. Everything went right for the horse and it was our day.”

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