04/03/2015 1:20PM

California Chrome set on ambitious path

Barbara D. Livingston
California Chrome may not be back in California any time soon, according to trainer Art Sherman.

ARCADIA, Calif. – California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, may have a 2015 campaign that more closely resembles that of a Formula 1 car than a top-class Thoroughbred racehorse.

On Thursday, trainer Art Sherman said California Chrome is likely to have two starts in England in the coming months – the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 16 and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 17.

Later in the year, majority owner Perry Martin has mentioned foreign races such as the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Oct. 4 and the Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Nov. 29 as long-term possibilities. That could be subject to change, pending results in England, Sherman said.

“I don’t think we’ll see this horse back here in California,” Sherman said between races at Santa Anita. “They’re talking about so many races. The horse will have to be a super horse to do what he wants.”

California Chrome has run twice this year, finishing second to Shared Belief in the $590,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7 and second to Prince Bishop in the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on March 28.

The decision to send California Chrome to England was made after the Dubai World Cup by Martin, who owns a 70 percent share of the colt. Steve Coburn owns the remaining 30 percent. Martin did not return a phone call seeking comment Thursday.

California Chrome has been sent to trainer Rae Guest’s stable at Newmarket, England, where he will be based in the coming months, according to Adrian Beaumont of the Newmarket-based International Racing Bureau, which is working with Martin and Sherman during California Chrome’s time in England.

In an e-mail Friday, Beaumont said California Chrome might begin training in Newmarket “at the end of next week.”

Sherman said he plans to travel to England to watch California Chrome race and that his son Alan, who works as an assistant trainer, is likely to go to England in the coming weeks to observe the 4-year-old colt’s development.

“We’re supposed to go when he runs,” Art Sherman said. “Alan will go over and see the horse. I told them to call me if there are any problems or something is not going good. It will be different. It’s my first time doing something like this.”

The same goes for California Chrome. The Lockinge is run on a straightaway mile, while the Prince of Wales’s is run on an undulating right-handed course at Ascot with a dip on the backstretch and a rise in the final furlong.

“They’ve got to teach him to [run] the wrong way,” Sherman said of the race direction at Ascot. “It will be a whole different ballgame. I hope the horse runs good.”

In the last five years, the Lockinge and Prince of Wales’s have been run on surfaces listed as “good” or “good to firm.”

A California-bred, California Chrome has run once on turf, winning the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar last November. California Chrome has won 9 of 18 starts and earned $6,322,650. He shot to fame and essentially clinched the Horse of the Year title with three consecutive Grade 1 wins last spring in the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes.

Mary Reynolds More than 1 year ago
I'm literally shedding tears as I write this.....I've been extremely supportive of the owners through their faux pas' but it's becoming too redundant AND, now, I'm afraid the horse is the one.....besides the fans, who will ultimately suffer. AMERICA's HORSE no more....... Sadness......
Lisa Morrill More than 1 year ago
I feel bad for Art Sherman who not only trained the horse but really cares for him. It's one thing to campaign a horse on surfaces he knows but to place him where he has to turn around and learn it all over again another way is just plain wrong.
Bill Tomasic More than 1 year ago
I do not know what God was thinking when he directed this wonderful animal into the hands of the two most ungrateful and sub par owners ever in the history of the sport.
mike More than 1 year ago
It's not Coburn.
Walter More than 1 year ago
The owners are not sending him to a war zone. The owners are not asking him to race over broken glass. They sent him to England! He will be well managed and he will run on some nice surfaces. I look forward to seeing how this works out. Good luck and safe racing to CC!
Jamie Murphy More than 1 year ago
i have never been a CC fan, but he is growing on me. Hes a hard tryer, perhaps a bit overrated though. its an awful tall task they are asking of him. he won on grass purely on class. if this "experiment", whish it is, doesnt work out, they need to realize that it was a poor choice, bring him home, out to pasture for a while, then go from there. if you want to attract mares, should have thought about saratoga, no shared belief here, i wish him the best!
TAZ More than 1 year ago
these two dirty old dirt bags Will RUN this horse to death AND TRUST ME I AM SURPRIZED THEIR NOT BREEDING HIM BETWEEN RACES ......
mike More than 1 year ago
Get your facts straight, Martin is the one making the decisions.
Dmarie Mayers More than 1 year ago
It is only the majority owner Perry Martin. Owner Steve "Cowboy" Coburn & Trainer At Sherman did not agree with this decison
Lisa Murphy More than 1 year ago
I would like to know if this type of racing schedule has ever been done before successfully?i personally do not know of a horse who has!i really wish someone from the industry could talk to Perry on this unrealistic path he is putting chrome on because chromes well being should be of #1 importance!chrome is loved by so many people & hes been good for the sport!they need to do whats best for chrome & so please bring him back home where he belongs!Perry needs to step up to the plate & do whats right because if this continues & chrome doesn't fair well it will impact the fans of horseracing!!
You Feel Lucky More than 1 year ago
Lisa You people are making out like they are running the horse every week. So far this year Chrome has run 2 times......and we are in April. They are looking at his next race in May, 49 days or 7 weeks from his last race and maybe another race a month later in June.......so 4 races in 6 month's does not seem like to much abuse. You must have really been beside yourself last May when they ran him in the Derby then 2 weeks later ran him in the Preakness and then " only " 3 weeks later....ran him in the Belmont! Wow.....3 races in 35 days.... you must have really been lighting up the boards!
Lisa Murphy More than 1 year ago
just an fyi it has nothing to do w/how many races they are running him in!if you pay any attention to whats been going on its where & the type of races their putting him in hes not a machine!!
DrSmoke120 More than 1 year ago
He is a racehorse, let him run. This is exciting. He is in horse heaven at Newmarket, he will be well taken care of. Grass is way easier on them than dirt too. The individual I feel for is Sherman, this is baby. It must be very hard for him.
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Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
who are you the stupid comment police
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Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
don't start something you can't finish, you started with the verbal attacks now deal with it
mike More than 1 year ago
Really? Are you jealous?
Joan More than 1 year ago
It is obvious they have now made CC their own personal ATM, much like the Dude was. Big difference is CC is not a gelding or they don't think he can pull off a stud career. I feel for this animal I really do. Hope he never wins again, show Perry he ain't pulling the strings. He may own him but he can't make him win. Hope they blow all they have made traveleing the world. Take a lots of pics that may ne all you have to show for it.
Edward More than 1 year ago
Why are you so angry and bitter?
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mike More than 1 year ago
Really? He should be home in USA racing here.
Jamie Murphy More than 1 year ago
wow, i dont understand the three thumbs downs for this comment, why not race at home?