California Chrome Image by Steven Cargill

California Chrome
Image by Steven Cargill

California Chrome was simply sensational as he turned what looked a tough assignment into a stroll in the park with a dominant performance in the Grade 1 TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

The 2014 Kentucky Derby hero and Victor Espinoza were already in control and three lengths clear at the top of the stretch, with Beholder under pressure.

Into the home straight and California Chrome continued to power along, with Beholder and Gary Stevens unable to make much impression, while Dortmund stayed on ahead of Hoppertunity.

But California Chrome was gone beyond recall and extended his lead without Espinoza resorting to the whip.

At the line the pair cruised to the line easing down, beating Beholder by five lengths, with a further 2 ¼ lengths back to Dortmund in third.