Uncle Lino, Malibu Sunset nominated to California Chrome Stakes

Uncle Lino, Malibu Sunset and multiple stakes winner Smokey Image are among more than a dozen 3-year-old race horses nominated for the $150,000-guaranteed California Chrome Stakes, which is scheduled to take place on coming Saturday, April 30, at Los Alamitos.

Lino was the third, behind Exaggerator and Mor Spirit, in the April 9th Grade I Santa Anita Derby. Sunset scored an impressive victory in his first start for ‘Hall of Fame’ trainer Bob Baffert on February 28th. Smokey Image is a multiple stakes winner.

The California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year who has become North America’s richest horse with his March 26th victory in the $10-million Dubai World Cup, is set for 1 1/16 miles race, which will be the final stakes race during the Spring Thoroughbred meet that will conclude on May 1, 2016.

Lino, who is owned by a partnership including Purple Shamrock Racing and trainer Gary Sherlock, has one win in half a dozen starts, generating earnings of $226,160.

Sunset, who is owned by Gary and Mary West, debuted at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans and won by 1½ length in his first in California. This race horse has earned $58,800.

The list of contenders also includes Art Sherman-trained Mishegas, the Baffert-trained Let’s Meet in Rio, a maiden named One More Round, Curlin Rules, Dalmore, Bistraya and Rare Candy.