DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – California Chrome has easily won a race in Dubai on Thursday, a second straight victory for the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner on the comeback trail.

The 5-year-old horse opened the year with a win in the San Pasqual at Santa Anita, and then was sent to Meydan Racecourse to train up to the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26.

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California Chrome looked in top form under Victor Espinoza. He raced third early on in the eight-horse field going about 1 1/4 miles. Around the far turn, Chrome kicked into gear and took the lead on the outside and cruised to the finish line well ahead of runner-up Storm Belt.

A year ago, California Chrome ran a close second in the World Cup and did not run again until winning the San Pasqual on Jan. 19.

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The win was the 11th in 21 career starts for California Chrome, who is trained by Art Sherman.

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