03/20/2015 3:26PM

California Chrome to work once in Dubai


Alan Sherman, the son and main assistant of trainer Art Sherman, traveled with California Chrome to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, to Baltimore for the Preakness, and to Long Island, N.Y., for the Belmont Stakes. The three Triple Crown stops all have their particular charms and quirks. But none would have prepared him for his latest trip with the 2014 Horse of the Year – to Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

“It’s different, I’ll say that,” Sherman said by phone Friday morning from Dubai.

But good news: California Chrome seems no different to Sherman.

He and 15 other American-based horses arrived in Dubai on Wednesday after a 19-hour journey, and California Chrome took the trip without issue.

“He seems to be good,” Sherman said. “He’s a good traveler, and he’s in good shape.”

California Chrome is one of two U.S.-based horses scheduled to start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup next Saturday at Meydan. Also slated for the big race is Lea, while Main Sequence and Mshawish will attempt to become the first U.S.-based horses to win one of the major World Cup turf races.

Main Sequence will be among the favorites in a star-studded field in the $6 million Sheema Classic, while Mshawish, from the Todd Pletcher barn, goes in the $6 million Dubai Turf, in which he finished fourth last year when trained by Mikel Delzangles. American interests have strong representation in the Golden Shaheen with Secret Circle, Salutos Amigos, and Big Macher.

The American horses still were locked down under a 48-hour quarantine Friday morning, but California Chrome made use of the small training track located within the quarantine facility and was to be released from quarantine before training hours Saturday.

“Today, we just jogged for about 10 minutes on the training track, which is only about an eighth of a mile around,” said Sherman. “He’ll gallop on the main track Saturday, and I’ll breeze him on Tuesday or Wednesday. We’ll just work him a half-mile, and if he goes in 49 [seconds], that will be fine.”

American horses dominated the World Cup when it was run on the dirt track at Nad Al Sheba, the major Dubai track that came down when Meydan went up, but since Meydan began hosting the World Cup, the only American to win the race was Animal Kindgom in 2013. During Meydan’s first five seasons, however, main-track races were run over an all-weather synthetic surface that has given way this year to a sand-based dirt track, and this year, horses with speed – like California Chrome – have prospered at Meydan.

Entries for all the stakes on the World Cup card will be taken Monday, with the final World Cup field and post positions announced Wednesday.

Cha Rity More than 1 year ago
Go California Chrome...bring home the Dubai world cup title...
Marc Estrich More than 1 year ago
I believe California Chrome is a very smart horse. He will handle the different conditions and "strange ways" the Meydan track does things, in stride(Har Har!! I KILL myself!!). I think he will put in a real good effort. That very good second to Shared Belief was a perfect prep. Nothing to say that in the 2015 BC Classic he makes the same move...except Shared Belief can't pick him up. It wud be great if they both make the race!!!
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
tommy More than 1 year ago
I think we shipped our best horses to represent United States !! Main sequence is our best older male turf horse going long distance . Mshawish is the best turf horse going middle distance. California chrome is best horse going long distance on dirt since he won kentucky derby, Preakness, and finished ahead of shared belief in breeders cup.
slewfan More than 1 year ago
The Chrome will do fine. This isn't life or death, just another race, and Chrome has had few less than stellar performances since before December, 2013, so let's relax and enjoy! GO CHROME! Godspeed to Team Chrome and all contenders.
Jason Kassa More than 1 year ago
I don't see much debate here about whether California Chrome or Lea is the better US hope. I certainly didn't think that it was clear-cut. I didn't bet the Donn, but I did see California Chrome run vs. Shared Belief, and after perusing the chart of the Donn, - Lea is certainly close, if not better.
mike More than 1 year ago
Yeah,good luck with that.
william More than 1 year ago
during this Meydan season, about half a dozen American horses have transferred over from the States, and all of them have run far below their American form.
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
They better get him on the main track everyday. Horses in Dubai need to feel comfortable. He's a smart horse if they get him use to it he'll run fine.
Mark Oleary More than 1 year ago
I wonder why all the angst against a really really nice horse, ie. california Chrome. He is consistent, he's won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, and yes, he (like most horses) has thrown in a few clunkers. We all know there are myriad reasons horses don't always fire, the great Secretariat didn't win every race, and I personally watched in shock as Seattle Slew ran up the track. So give this fine animal a break, and just because you don't like the owners, and oh, are jealous as hell that you will NEVER own a horse of this ilk.
Marc Rogala More than 1 year ago
Yes he did win the derby and Preakness and has lost his last four on dirt. Has not won a race (except for the turf one) since last May. That is not running a clunker that is done as a legit Gr I race horse at least on dirt. To even mention cc in the same paragraph as SECRETARIAT and SEATTLE SLEW ileaves me speechless! I do wish him the best and that he has a safe trip. I do know if I did own him I would not be shipping him to run in Dubai and jeporadise his well being. His last few races have clearly shown the owner he is done running but the ignorant hillbilly does not care!
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Hey Mark, it is so nice to hear for once you wish all the connections a safe trip since all your negative posts . And Marc, IF , and I say IF you owned CC or even another piece and went through all the blood, sweat and tears we call it with a horse since day 1, I would say for sure you would think the world of that horse and would say yes lets go to Dubai and win the DWC. But you don't own CC or a piece like him so guess what, you"ll never know.... You say ignorant he is, your the ignorant 1 .............
mike More than 1 year ago
Billy,this is the same old tune Marc sings with every post. He doesn't even like Chrome,he camps out on Chrome threads,here and Blood Horse to hurl dimwitted insults @ horse and connections. He's a meatball.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
One word..idiot. Just how does shipping to Dubai jeoperdise the horse?..i remeber Cigar going and coming back to a championship season..and others have gone and come back just fine..Royal delta,Game on dude..etc etc.
mike More than 1 year ago
Well it's great to see a few others feel like I do regarding your "classy remarks". Regarding your continued "hillbilly" comments,think I got you firgured out pretty much. It didn't take the Belmont situation last year for you to ALREADY HAVE A BUILT IN PREJUDICE regarding Coburn. Like I told you,I'm org from Miami and I don't think a very large market for snow equipment. You can have your friggin east coast Marc and all the "wonderful weather".
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
To Mark O'... You never need to ask, do you? They'll always volunteer.
mike More than 1 year ago
I wonder how he gets up each morning and dresses himself.
Seattle Handicapper More than 1 year ago
If Ron The Greek had stayed in America, he would have been one of the better older horses running.
Marc Rogala More than 1 year ago
You are so right and he could pop in dubai he loves the dirt surface
tommy More than 1 year ago
Ron the Greek beat palace malice, orb.
Seattle Handicapper More than 1 year ago
Watch. out for the horse formerly named Ron The Greek. Go RTG