The Chosen Vron Sensational In Cal Cup Sprint 

January 13, 2024

The Chosen Vron gallops to the win under Hector Berrios in the California Cup Sprint. (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)

Race Is Part Of The Lucrative CTBA-Sponsored Golden State Series

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ARCADIA, Calif.—An absolutely wondrous Thoroughbred, trainer Eric Kruljac’s The Chosen Vron reeled in multiple stakes winning Brickyard Ride in mid-stretch en route to his second consecutive victory in the Don Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, as he won going away by 2 ¼ lengths.  A 6-year-old gelding by Vronsky, he posted his 14th career stakes win and with regular rider Hector Berrios up, got six furlongs in 1:09.06.

The Cal Cup Sprint is part of the lucrative CTBA-sponsored Golden State Series for registered California-bred or sired horses.

Ridden confidently, Berrios sat a measured third at the rail, a length and a half behind the speed Brickyard Ride at the three-furlong marker.  With Berrios sitting chilly turning for home, The Chosen Vron took a subtle cue from Berrios three sixteenths of a mile out, switched to his left lead and just like a big cat, pounced on his prey a furlong from the wire.

A front-running winner of the seven-furlong Cary Grant Stakes going seven furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 18, The Chosen Vron was the overwhelming 1-20 favorite today versus four rival older horses and paid $2.10, $2.10 and $2.10.

Owned in-part by Kruljac, Sondereker Racing, LLC, Robert Fetkin and Richard Thornburgh, The Chosen Vron, who is out of the Tiz Wonderful mare Tiz Molly, picked up $90,000 for his efforts, pushing his bankroll to $1,239,678 from an overall mark of 20-15-1-2.

Brickyard Ride, a 7-year-old full horse by Clubhouse Ride and himself an eight-time stakes winner, showed the early zip of his youth, carving out splits of 22.41, 45.32 and 57.36.  The second choice at 6-1 with Juan Hernandez up, he paid $2.40 and $2.10 while finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Geezer.

The longest shot in the field at 52-1, Geezer paid $3.60 to show.

$150,000 Don Valpredo California Cup Sprint Stakes Quotes

The Chosen Vron gallops to the win under Hector Berrios in the California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Jan. 13. 2024. (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)
Big smile and a thumbs up from Hector Berrios after the win aboard The Chosen Vron in the California Cup Sprint. (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)

Jockey Quotes
Hector Berrios, The Chosen Vron, Winner: “I knew the five horse (Brickyard Ride) had the early speed, so I watched him and tried to stay very close. I waited and waited along Mario’s horse (Moose Mitchell) and then we moved outside, and my horse responded very well. I asked him once and he went on.”

Trainer Quotes
Eric Kruljac, The Chosen Vron, Winner: “We own his mother (Tiz Molly) and she’s been quite the mare. Breeding in California is the best thing that I have ever done. This horse has made it worth it all by himself. He was smart enough to wait at the turn when they spread out a little bit and then he just took off.

“Hector is tremendous to work with and he is professional.”

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