03/27/2016 2:27PM

California Chrome to fly home Thursday


California Chrome had a quiet Sunday at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates a day after his dramatic win in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

Alan Sherman, assistant trainer to his father, trainer Art Sherman, said in an email that California Chrome “came out of his race great.”

California Chrome won the Dubai World Cup at 1 1/4 miles on dirt by 3 3/4 lengths in a stellar field. He won even though his saddle slipped, creating an awkward situation for jockey Victor Espinoza and causing concern for his backers in the stretch. The saddle was visibly farther down California Chrome’s back when he reached the wire than it was at the start.

The win was worth $6 million for owners Perry Martin and Taylor Made Farms, who race as California Chrome LLC. The 2014 Horse of the Year, California Chrome has won 12 of 21 starts and earned $12,532,650, a record for a North American-based Thoroughbred.

Curlin, the Horse of the Year in 2007 and 2008, earned $10,501,800. He won the Dubai World Cup in 2008 when the race was worth $6 million.

Sherman said that California Chrome walked on Sunday and will do so on a daily basis until he is flown to Chicago on Thursday. California Chrome will undergo quarantine in Chicago before being shipped to Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky for a rest of three to four weeks, Sherman said.

At the end of April, California Chrome will be flown to California and will rejoin the Sherman stable at Los Alamitos. The 5-year-old is not expected to resume racing until late summer, possibly in the Pacific Classic on Aug. 20 at Del Mar.

The main goal in the second half of 2016 is the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. On Sunday morning, California Chrome was as low as 4-1 with some British bookmakers to win the BC Classic.

His performance in the Dubai World Cup puts California Chrome firmly at the top of the world’s older male division on dirt. Racing wide throughout, California Chrome swept to the lead with more than a quarter-mile remaining under a confident ride from Espinoza.

“I was a little concerned about being so wide, but I knew he was dead fit,” Alan Sherman said.

Alan Sherman traveled to Dubai in late January when California Chrome was sent there, and oversaw the horse’s day-to-day training for two months. California Chrome won his 2016 debut in the Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 9 and had a prep race in Dubai in a $150,000 handicap at 1 1/4 miles on Feb. 26, beating an overmatched group by two lengths.

He had a similar trip against a much-better group in the Dubai World Cup, a performance that rates alongside the 2014 Kentucky Derby as one of the finest wins of his career.


GoonrGrrl More than 1 year ago
I retrain OTTBs and must say that in 45 years I have never owned one that would not have stopped dead in its tracks and pitched the most epic bucking fit of all time with a saddle/girth that slipped so far back. Chrome is a truly remarkable representative of this great breed. My hat is off to Mr. Sherman. The horse looks better than ever and ran an excellent race.
Mark W. More than 1 year ago
California Chrome is winning in a year where there is no competition at all. Whoever decided on keeping him in training is a genius and deserves a lot of credit. Thank God the DRUNKEN part owner is history, huge jerk.
Lynda King More than 1 year ago
Chrome won in Dubai against world class competition. I think your comments about winning in a year with no competition is ridiculous.
Frank More than 1 year ago
What a truly special honest horse.  He proved the best in the world last Saturday.

Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
im not a chromie,and was most critical of the way he was mishandled last year,royal ascot and the whole circus. now with an adult in charge,sherman,we are seeing a great horse in his prime .that race in dubai was incredible and in my opinion his best yet,even better than his derby and preakness runs. it would be a dream race if am pharoah was still in training ,bayern back when he was good and the great shared belief in the 2016 bc classic.  it shows that these horses are retired too early,so glad they kept chrome to race as a 4 year old and not to stud. at 4 he is right now the best horse in the world. kind of brings back the old days of great older horses(all geldings) kelso,john henry,forego , they were mediocre as 3 year olds but got older and made our sport . if anyone reads this and gets info on some kind of time form rating or beyer,i would love to know, congrats to the chrom connections,cant wait to see him race again
Selena Sartor More than 1 year ago
He's 5. 
Lynda King More than 1 year ago
107 was Beyer, plus he broke track record. Chrome's management team is now Mr Martin as primary owner, Taylor Made, in addition to the Shermans being his conditioners.
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
thanks lynda , and yes i disregarded his 4 year old fiasco year,he is 5. 107 beyer seems kind of low since he was WIDE THROUGHOUT,WON WITH AUTHORITY,SADDLE SLIPPED, take your pick of chart calls.you know it is amazing and this is a perfect example that the owner should not interfere with his trusted trainer when campaigning his horse. i can speak from experience since i was part owner on the ny circuit in the late 80's early 90's. you are paying a fortune in dailys so let them earn their money
john g More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to California Chrome for a very well run race and the connections, Art and Alan Sherman for getting him ready. An excellent training job! Thanks to the owners of Chrome for allowing him to continue to race, its great for racing, especially these days when most horses are retired so soon to the breeding shed. I'm glad for Art that the new owners have actually allowed him to train the colt the way he seemed fit. This year has sure went much better than last year, w/o elaborating too much, its a much welcomed change.
Linda Robb More than 1 year ago
So happy - CC is my favorite horse ever - since the first time I heard his name being mentioned I took a look at him and thought he was gorgeous..then I saw him run in The San Felipe/Santa Anita Derby..that was it for me- hooked! He is so good for racing - to see a KD winner run past 3 or 4 is something these days.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Love CC.
Linda Robb More than 1 year ago
Me too - I am a huge fan- was SO happy yesterday I have almost lost my voice I was screaming so loud ha ha