05/05/2014 9:20AM

California Chrome heading to Pimlico early

Barbara D. Livingston
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome will head to Pimlico on Monday, two days earlier than usual.

LOUSIVILLE, Ky. - Derby winner California Chrome will be flown to Maryland next Monday, May 12, after trainer Art Sherman asked to send the colt on a flight from Louisville to Maryland earlier than the traditional Wednesday before the race.

Buddy Fife, the Louisville-based booking agent for the Tex Sutton Forwarding Co., said Monday that the equine charter-flight company is firming up plans to have two flights.

“We’re going to accommodate Art and have a flight on Monday and Wednesday of Preakness week,” said Fife. “Whoever wants to go with the Derby winner will go Monday and the others will go Wednesday.”

Greg More than 1 year ago
Poor things going to be 1-2.
Honnimae More than 1 year ago
you couldn't took 5-2 If someone hadn't wagered 700k on Candy Boy with one Minute left you could have got 3-1 True Store Watch the Broadcast and the Tote Board...
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a Million win wager on Candy Boy, 700,000 wouldn't affect the odds that much
Bob Martin More than 1 year ago
good luck
Hardbody More than 1 year ago
Birdstone skips Preakness will run in Belmont.......Commanding Curve skips Preakness.......You get the drift...
Rich Sesny More than 1 year ago
I dont think that deep closing style is effective for a race like the Belmont unless the jockeys up front don't mind their pace. Deep closers tend to get only pieces of the purse not the prize. This race is typically run :26+, :53+ for the first two splits. Certainly if they put up a :48 - all bets are off. Doesn't seem to be any Secretariats in this group.
Sebastian Flyte More than 1 year ago
Los Alamitos. "The Quarter Horse Track", now has, the longest stretch in the country. You don't think all those gallops, 2min licks, works, down that monster, have helped a truly talented and classy horse. Go CC go.
presidentwong1 More than 1 year ago
The NYC underworld will ensure there will be no triple crown winner. Here's what I predict: CC wins preakness. Sentimental money will be on CC at belmont to win triple crown. The NYC underworld will make a few calls to the connections of CC to tank race. The result wi be a $20+ winner of the belmont. Doesn't that sound like what happened with big brown?
jason javino More than 1 year ago
you got it. There will never be a triple crown. America has no integrity. 2008 Belmont was fixed. If i could prove it i would be 6ft under but i know it. Da tara never won a race before or after the KD yet he went wire to wire to win the belmont.
presidentwong1 More than 1 year ago
I can't remember exactly where I heard it but it very well was probably on nbc. But after the belmont, IEAH stables president or owner, I don't remember, said he received a call that jeopardized his family's safety. But he fell short of explicitedly saying what reason would lead to the jeopardy. But one is to presume that if big brown won the race, his family would be i danger. Does anyone else remember this story? Or am I totally making it up?
Darrell Peck More than 1 year ago
lol you made it up but I love the conspiracy theories.
Jeff Wright More than 1 year ago
So the "New York Underworld" made Victory Gallop catch RealQuiet on the final jump? or no they made Smarty Jones shorten his stride in the final sixteenth in 2004? wait..wait.. they tried to fix the Belmont for funny cide but because Empire Maker shares the a name with Empire State they let him win? Im soooo confused please enlighten. Big Brown threw a shoe on the first turn btw... that was the new york underworld too im guessing.
Kell More than 1 year ago
1971 Whippet More than 1 year ago
Too much TV, my friend. Not saying it's impossible but.....
Hardbody More than 1 year ago
sounds more like Smarty Jones scenario...Birdstone skips Preakness.. Commanding Curve Skips Preakness...you get the drift....
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Why is it that people quickly forget that Big Browns hooves were held together by SuperGlu gor his entire career?? It was never a secret. All Belmont did was not allow him to be drugged up to the point where he could not feel his feet.
rail rail More than 1 year ago
Im not from the US so i don't get what you mean, why would the "NYC underground" whoever they are, care whether a horse would win the triple crown or not ? if its a betting thing and their that scared it will win just lump a ton of money on him. or if im way off can you explain please.
casadaly More than 1 year ago
I want to go!!!!
John Hallenborg More than 1 year ago
It's a shame Shared Belief was sidelined. CC has no shot against him later this year or next.
Chris Kantor More than 1 year ago
Let's just hope we get that chance for him to face Shared Belief. I agree totally John. But Shared Belief is unproven on dirt. Will see how it unfolds.
Colette More than 1 year ago
John, what is the point of your comment!! Can't you appreciate California Chrome & just be excited that he won the Kentucky Derby? What is your problem with CC anyway?? Is it because of his humble beginnings? That is cause for celebration not negativity. Talent doesn't have to be inherited. It can just be. The slow time of the KD also means nothing. CC didn't set the pace & he dealt with what the lead runner gave him. When he drew away by 5 lengths, every other horse had the same opportunity to pick up the pace, but most didn't. When he had such a lead, it made no sense to keep him on a drive to the wire, so his jockey eased up on him. That was smart since the Preakness was in 2 weeks. Why use CC when he obviously didn't need to. So, most of the 2 minutes & change time of the race was dictated by the lead runners, not CC.
Carolyn Barg More than 1 year ago
So well stated, Colette. Beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope you people realize that there are more than one Anonymous on here, there are many. DRF for some reason gives some of us the name Anonymous, not sure why.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is all this "traditional Wednesday before the race" about? There is no such thing as a traditional date of arrival to Pimlico for horses who ran in the Derby, winners or otherwise. I can give many examples of horses arriving at Pimlico as early as 36 hours after the Derby to as late as 10:30 AM Preakness morning , and everything in between.
Sean Ali More than 1 year ago
Loved Art's comment on the NBC broadcast to the effect that how every year we hear about 'Pletcher's 5' or 'Bafferts 5' , then along comes Mom & Pop with their modestly bred 10K colt saying, "I'll run against your million dollar babies and kick their butt!" I wouldn't say this is exactly the 'shot in the arm' that racing needs. Because the prevalent greed of those who think big bucks can buy them anything and the 'salesmen' who are more than willing to take their money, I seriously doubt it will change anything. But for the next couple of months, maybe the rest of the year, and hopefully next year, I will relish in the blue-blood a** whipping this colt will be administering. As has been noted by many who were 'there', Chrome, his owners and trainer are a throwback to the long lost (but never forgotten!) icons of the sport. Springtime is a time of renewal, when bright colors explode upon what had been dull and dreary. Let the 2014 Derby be remembered as the time when a horse as spirited, bright and colorful as the season itself, provided renewed hope for the return of the Glory Days of Horse Racing!! See ya at the Belmont !!!...Row 2X Seats 3,4