04/13/2014 3:41PM

California Chrome given private training window at Los Alamitos

Shigeki Kikkawa
Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome will have the Los Alamitos track to himself for 20 minutes every morning.

Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome will have his own training time at Los Alamitos for the next few weeks in the buildup to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3.

Track officials have dedicated 7:10 to 7:30 a.m. for California Chrome’s daily exercise. The decision was reached after a loose horse was on the track at the same time as California Chrome on Saturday morning, causing anxious moments.

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The policy was put into place beginning on Sunday, when California Chrome was galloped two miles, according to Alan Sherman, assistant and son of trainer Art Sherman.

“He was looking around there like, ‘Where is everybody?’” Alan Sherman said.

Los Alamitos conducts training for Thoroughbreds that race at Santa Anita, as well as Quarter Horses and lower-level Thoroughbreds that race at the track during the year-round night meeting. Los Alamitos will host daytime Thoroughbred meetings in July and December this year during racing dates previously held by Hollywood Park, which closed last December.

California Chrome is scheduled to have half-mile workouts at Los Alamitos on the next two Saturdays before being shipped to Churchill Downs on April 28.

Owned by Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, California Chrome has won 6 of 10 starts and earned $1,134,850.


Patricia Jones More than 1 year ago
hope he doesn't have any problems with noise and crowds at churchill
Brian Duntugan More than 1 year ago
Loving California Chrome, my Kentucky Derby hopeful! I'll be rooting 4 him in the Run for the Roses.
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
The horse has a high cruising speed and neither requires the lead or is rank. If he was to get beat (and he does tower over this very modest field - with the defection of Constitution making it even more modest.) it would be by sitting too close to a hot pace and getting caught on a fairly deep track late. But I see that the horse was being geared down the last 16th at least and was certainly not hard used. He stays close, makes the leaf at the turn and leaves them like a bad memory. He has exposed Baffert's Derby Contenders , including Hoppertunity - who seems highly likely to hit the board. Could all add up to a situation where if he draws decently and seems in good order 3-1 or 7-2 could seem like a gift. He might just leave them gasping for air like a group of tired claimers.
dameian ramsay More than 1 year ago
I'm hoping I can get 7-2 or 3-1 on him Derby day. If I do I will empty my account on him
William Tracy More than 1 year ago
Doesn't matter who you are....where you train..come first Saturday in May you have to out run 19 horses in Louisville ...A you do are B you don't...Dont like favorites but I will root for Art Sherman and this colt...deserving favorite...and will be...simply the best horse
m More than 1 year ago
I don't think at this pace there will be 19 other horses in the gate
Darrin More than 1 year ago
Hmmmm,he would also be the first horse to win the derby who trains at los al....lol.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Nice consideration by Los Al. Sounds like they are doing things right for the T breds. I'm betting more SoCal trainers will want stalls there in the near future.
m More than 1 year ago
Not even close to the first time special treatment like this has been given
Bruce Eckhoff More than 1 year ago
Hmmm.......I wish they would have schooled him at CD in a work getting the throwback there. It's going to be a hot pace up front so he will need to sit a bit off it. Not getting to CD early is what Mike Smith thinks got Zenyatta beat in her last start. But Sherman, Victor and CC have made it a fun year so far! All the best to them.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
Zenyatta got beat because a bunch of milers (who had zero chance of winning) got in her way. Particularly Musket Man on the far turn. IMO
Nascar19661 More than 1 year ago
Zenyatta also got beat because she wasn't racing against marginal Gr II or Gr III fillies and mares on a synthetic track.
Opinion More than 1 year ago
Had the pleasure to watch Zenyatta a number of times at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. What a treat and great memories of watching her run! The Breeders Cup Classic was insane!
William Tracy More than 1 year ago
No offence...but Mike Smith got her beat ....she's the best race horse Ive ever seen in person..bar none....from Arkansas...watched her win two Apple Blossums at Oaklawn...might be best race horse Ive seen live or on tape...period...Secratrait and Citation ..only two Ive seen that had that talent...wasn't alive to watch Citation in 47 ...not only did he win triple crown ...he ran and won a race between Preakness and Belmont
Collette Stewart More than 1 year ago
I'm always amused at how California Chrome looks around at everything on race day. He is very curious , he seems to have quite a personality. I'm wishing him all the best in the KD. I won't "jinks" him by picking him to win.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Please no more Jackson Bend crashers.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
He is KING until dethroned, and that doesn't look likely in the near future. Good luck to the Sherman team. Pretty soon the naysayers will be accusing them of all the bad things they accuse the Bafferts and O'neills of, or any other successful person in horse racing.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
No, "they" won't: there is a HUGE difference between the trainers who cheat and an honest horseman who has toiled for his entire life in the sport, unheralded, until he is blessed with an exceptional horse.