Regional digest: California Chrome set up for Derby

Published: Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014 - 12:17 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014 - 7:33 am

Leading gate to wire, California Chrome most likely punched his ticket for the Kentucky Derby with a 71/4-length romp in Saturday’s $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita.

Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome ($4.80) is owned by Yuba City’s Perry and Denise Martin and Steve and Carolyn Coburn of Topaz Lake, Nev. The two couples also bred the 3-year-old colt, who now has earnings of $534,850 with five wins from nine starts.

Part-time horse breeders, the Martins own Martin Testing Laboratories of Sacramento.

“This horse is improving right at the right time,” said Steve Coburn.

A California bred, California Chrome earned enough points to start in the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

“I think I deserve to go to the Derby,” Sherman said. ”

– Debbie Arrington

UCD women’s track team wins Cal quadrangular

The UC Davis women’s track team clinched the Cal Opener quadrangular meet in Berkeley with a victory in the 4x400-meter relay, one of five event victories for the Aggies, according to the school’s athletics website.

UCD had 116 points to outlast Cal (114), USF (60) and Stanford (32).

On the men’s side, Marcus Johnson won the 100 meters in 10.68 seconds and the 200 in 21.53 to lead the Aggies (132 points) to a second-place finish behind Cal (1571/2).

Batty’s bat sparks Aggies to victory over Spartans

Seth Batty had two doubles, a single and drove in two runs to help lead the UCD baseball team to a 5-2 win over host San Jose State (4-12), according to the Aggies’ website.

Nick Lynch had a double and two singles and Izaak Silva drove in two runs for the Aggies (7-7).

Evan Wolf (1-1) earned the win with six innings of four-hit ball.


• Mary Doyle’s goal with 17 seconds left lifted host UC Davis (3-0, 1-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) to an 8-7 lacrosse win over Cal (1-2, 1-2), according to a news release. Elizabeth Landry had four goals for the Aggies.

• The UCD women’s tennis team (5-6, 1-2 Big West Conference) fell to UC Santa Barbara (3-9, 2-1) on the road, 6-1, according to the Aggies’ website.

– Bee Sports staff 

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