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DEL MAR, Calif. -- It was minutes after California Chrome had won the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Saturday at Del Mar when his trainer, Art Sherman, walked into a media room for a news conference, looked up, caught the eye of someone standing nearby and said, under his breath, We kind of spooked em a little, didnt we?Use whatever adjective you want -- spooked, embarrassed, dominated. Any superlative will do, for California Chrome throttled -- hows that! -- top-class horses like Beholder and Dortmund in the Pacific Classic, romping over a track that was duller than usual and played to late runners almost all day.The lone exception was an exceptional horse, California Chrome, who shot to the front, set legitimate fractions, had plenty in reserve when Beholder and Dortmund tried to go after him, and cruised to the wire with jockey Victor Espinoza taking a long hold on the reins. The official margin was five lengths, and it was just that emphatic. The best horse in the world had produced another masterpiece on his brilliant 2016 campaign.Im more confident going forward for the future, Espinoza said. We beat the Queen -- Beholder -- and Dortmund.Beholder, who beat the boys in last years Pacific Classic, chased California Chrome throughout and settled for second, 2-1/4 lengths in front of Dortmund. Hoppertunity was fourth and was followed, in order, by Dalmore, Imperative, War Story, Hard Aces, and Win the Space in the field of nine.California Chrome ($4.20), the favorite, covered 1-1/4 miles on a fast track in 2:00.13. The fractions were all his, 23.20 seconds for the quarter-mile, 47.29 for a half, 1:11.22 for six furlongs, and 1:35.69 for a mile.The victory was the fifth straight this year for California Chrome, whose biggest victory the first half of the year was the Dubai World Cup, and whose year-end goal is the Breeders Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. He secured a fees-paid berth to the Classic by winning the Pacific Classic, a Win and Youre In race.California Chrome prefers to be outside horses, but he drew the rail. As a result, Espinoza sent him hard away from the gate, taking the track from his two main rivals.I wasnt worried about the post, Espinoza said. I was more concerned with how hed break out of the gate. I sent him out of there, hard as I can. Try to move out and go from there.Espinoza kept California Chrome a few lanes off the rail, daring anyone to drop inside him. No one took the bait. But as the race unfolded, Gary Stevens on Beholder and Rafael Bejarano on Dortmund had to decide when to move.Stevens said he thought he would end up chasing California Chrome.I was hoping theyd send Dortmund, but I suspected they might not because maybe theyre not sure he wants a mile and a quarter, Stevens said. I had to try and time my move, because if I hooked him too early I might not even be second.Stevens said that when he asked Beholder to go after California Chrome moving around the far turn, he quickly realized she would not repeat.I was hoping for the same kick she had last year. She kicked, and he opened up, Stevens said. When he opened up, I knew Id have to save something for the last eighth if I wanted to be second. Victor was playing with us. I dont think he let him run. Thats kind of scary.Said Sherman of Beholder: The mare ran a hell of a race, but she was hooking different horses than last year.Bejarano was hoping Stevens would be more aggressive, and thought Stevens settled for second. But he also confirmed that 1-1/4 miles might be stretching it for Dortmund.Its a little far for him. He might want a mile and an eighth, Bejarano said.Sherman had said during the week that he expected California Chrome to move forward off his last start, the San Diego here last month, much as he did in the Dubai World Cup following a prep in Dubai. He beat Dortmund by a half-length in the San Diego; he beat Dortmund by 7-1/4 lengths Saturday.One tipoff that California Chrome would fire, Sherman said, was his demeanor in the paddock.He had his game face on, Sherman said. He bows his neck. Hes ready.The victory was the 14th in 23 starts for California Chrome. His resume includes the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 2014, as well as that years titles as champion 3-year-old male and Horse of the Year. He is the clear leader this season for Horse of the Year, a title he will seek to nail down in the Breeders Cup Classic.California Chrome was scheduled to return to his base at Los Alamitos on Sunday morning, according to Alan Sherman, Arts son and assistant.Now age 5, California Chrome, a son of Lucky Pulpit, is owned by a partnership - called California Chrome LLC -- that includes co-breeder, Perry Martin, as well as Taylor Made Farm, where he will go to stud.California Chrome earned $600,000 on Saturday, bringing his career earnings to $13,252,650, a record for a horse born in North America.This was the 26th Pacific Classic, and was the strongest ever. The field collectively boasted a Kentucky Derby winner, the first- and third-place finishers from the Dubai World Cup, two winners of the Santa Anita Derby, runners who have won five Eclipse Awards, two Breeders Cup races, a Horse of the Year title, and 19 Grade 1 races, plus the races only female winner.In the end, though, the race was a showcase for the current brilliance and dominance of California Chrome.I cant believe Im just lucky enough to have him, Sherman said. Mitchell Trubisky Youth Jersey.Y. - Rob Manfred was promoted Monday to Major League Baseballs chief operating officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner. Mitchell Trubisky Jersey. Luis Suarezs double powered Liverpool to a 4-0 victory over Fulham, and Southampton easily overcame Hull 4-1 to continue the south coast clubs impressive start to the season. 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Middle Tennessee State (8-4, Conference USA) vs. Hawaii (6-7, Mountain West), Dec. 24, 8 p.m. ET.LOCATION: HonoluluTOP PLAYERS:Middle Tennessee State: QB Brent Stockstill, 2,801 yards passing, 27 touchdowns.Hawaii: WR Marcus Kemp, 70 receptions, 1,086 yards, 7 TDsNOTABLE:Middle Tennessee State: The Blue Raiders rank eighth nationally with 516 yards of offense per game and have scored 483 points. But MTSU has given up 413 points. Still, the Blue Raiders were 5-2 on the road in 2016.Hawaii: The Rainbow Waarriors gave up an MWC-worst 487 points.dddddddddddd But they won their last two games to become bowl-eligible, and theyll be playing in the postseason for the first time since 2010.LAST TIME: Hawaii 35, MTSU 35-14 (1993).BOWL HISTORY:Middle Tennessee: First appearance in Hawaii Bowl, 10th overall bowl bid.Hawaii: Seventh appearance in the Hawaii Bowl, 11th bowl trip overall. 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