05/08/2014 10:12AM

Chrome Report: Derby winner gallops 1 1/2 miles

Barbara D. Livingston
California Chrome gallops 1 1/2 miles at Churchill Downs on Thursday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In his second day back training after winning the 140th Kentucky Derby last Saturday, California Chrome galloped 1 1/2 miles at Churchill Downs on Thursday as he prepares for the May 17 Preakness at Pimlico.

His gallop under regular exercise rider Willie Delgado was routine and much like those he turned in before the Kentucky Derby. Settled for the first mile or so, he picked up his pace over the final half-mile.

With Alan Sherman, assistant trainer to his father, Art Sherman, watching closely from the backstretch, Delgado said he didn’t even need words to describe how California Chrome felt beneath him. He just smiled at him, conveying all that needed to be communicated.

“He came out of the race really good, a lot stronger than usual,” Delgado told reporters later. “It gives me chills thinking about it, if he keeps coming out of races like that.”

Alan Sherman said his father, who is back in California tending to his stable at Los Alamitos, called in the morning and was told all was well.

Shipping plans for California Chrome remained undecided Thursday morning. His connections would like to have California Chrome travel Monday to Baltimore – where Pimlico is located – if the Tex Sutton plane on which he is booked is ready after it undergoes regularly scheduled maintenance.

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“We’re optimistic for Monday; if not, probably Tuesday,” said Buddy Fife, the local booking agent for Tex Sutton.

Alan Sherman said his father likely would fly to Baltimore on Tuesday.

Routine gallops are the planned training regimen for California Chrome with the short two-week turnaround between the Derby and the Preakness.

Honnimae More than 1 year ago
Shared Belief will be around next Year KY Blue Bloods don't want this horse or CC beating up on there Kids
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
SHARED BELIEF… on his way back to stake his claim! ;-)
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Who is that?
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
All this talk of who C.C. faced in Calif. and he was beating no-one confuses me, did he not travel across country to Ky. and face the best 3yr.olds in the country in the biggest race America has to offer and get the W. Stop the peti talk of the pace or the final time, the question has been answered as to who the best 3yr.old out there is, like it or not last I checked getting the W is what only counts in horse racing. He has a big shot at winning the T.C. because he is a huge standout compared to the other 3yr.olds out there and that is the bottom line. Quit looking into something that is not there the only thing that we all should be looking for is if he will get another W again
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Hehehe, Save your breath for such is the nature of the pleb blog! LOL
prose More than 1 year ago
I had to laugh reading all your comments. The way the horse won -- loping along on a slow pace as every speed horse decided to take back -- doesn't really inspire me for the next two legs. I was much more confident in Afleet Alex's ability to win the Preakness and the Belmont than I am CC's. Alex finished 3rd in the derby and then won the other two by multiple lengths. Funny Cide won the Preakness by 10 lengths, he blew them away in that race, but a freshened Empire Maker lay in wait in New York. Maybe the others will give CC the trip Gary Stevens and Oxbow were given in last year's Preakness: crawl on the front end with no pace pressure and then sprint home? It makes for a nice Triple Crown storyline if not interesting horse racing. Excuse me while I yawn and wander away.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
NO problem. We're grateful the future doesn't rest on your stalwart shoulders. :-)
Rick Lamond More than 1 year ago
Bayern should be able to outrun Social Inclusion on the front end in the Preakness. California Chrome will not be far behind and will assume command whenever Victor drops his hands. There is your Preakness exacta. The rest will be chasing the entire race. Also, it will take more than a muddy track to beat CC in the Belmont as the horse is bred top and bottom for an off-track. Only Commissioner is truly bred to win the Belmont, with former Belmont winners top and bottom. There is your Belmont exacta.
Honnimae More than 1 year ago
Those two are Likely to run up the Track with the Presence of Pablo.... Sorry. Either would stand a Better Chance taking on Older in the Met....
Marc Strews More than 1 year ago
Well cc is jogging and doing well. We are hoping good things for his connections and the horse health staying the same .Know hope to see him win the whole thing for the game of horseracing. But it does take a toll out of the horse. He already proved his heart but not his stamina .Race against his breeding. And have nothing to prove only his will. Horses come and go but the special one's is in their own league. With only 11 lifetime races in him in which 7 wins and 1 second and three off the board finish who am I to judge the horse first he has been battle tested ...But question on who did he really faced in his California races is the question for me.....Art Sherman wonderful trainer and conditioner.But it's still to early to call him the next triple crown winner has a lot of racing in him to make him be that special horse.To put him in the same league of easy goer or sunday silience he needs to race the best.This years crop has been very weak across both east and west coast.Time of the race of the derby was slow in my book.But hey he won.I do think he will not finish in the money in the Preakness because speed favoring track.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Marc, Didn't you say somewhere that CC wouldn't win the Derby or place?
Kell More than 1 year ago
Lucas Konger More than 1 year ago
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I;ll never forget an old friend of mine when he won the Derby, on Charasmatic, standing and shaking his figer to say" We're number One!!!" Of course, Lukas said if we lost that race by a nose, he would've broke that "showboat finger"
Nancy Elder More than 1 year ago
CC is the great California Chrome!
Roberta More than 1 year ago
Tapiture is better than this colt. She IS the best 3yo in the country. She will prove so throughout the year. Remember me. :o)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll remember you don't know the difference between a colt & a filly. Her name is untapped. And...she's not the best 3yo in the country. If she was, she'd go uo against CC 7 see who comes out on top. Her connections don't want any piece of CC right now.
! More than 1 year ago
Actually, her name is Untapable. She is brilliant, and so is Chrome. They may face one another at some point this year. It would be interesting.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Roberta! Please beg the administrator to remove your comment so you can start again. I scream with laughter every time I read about Tapiture referred to as a filly! ;-)
Maya Joffe More than 1 year ago
Remember that Commanding Curve is also CC.
Roberta More than 1 year ago
He'll win the Belmont. He is bred top to bottom to run all day long.
Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
There is only on horse with the initials CC and that is The Chrome. Ok.
David Dillon More than 1 year ago
He is now known as cc(lower case) as opposed to CC(CAPS) for California Chrome. He was five lengths ahead of the rest of the field b4 easing at the eighth pole. Which probably took a second of of his final time(5 lengths).
Electrocutionst More than 1 year ago
It's odd how the KD winner is always fresh and ready to go to the Preakness, yet why aren't all these other horses that ran, not fresh and running? Surely CC can't really be the only horse that hasn't felt the effects of the KD. ONE horse that ran in the KD is running back in the Preakness besides CC and that's Ride on Curlin. Crazy.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Its more likely that The Belmont worth more this year and folks pointing towards that putse in 5 weeks rather than run back in two when not necessary. More breeding monies to BELMONT winners than Preakness I believe.
David Dillon More than 1 year ago
It could be that they are waiting for the Belmont or the summer racing season, Don"t forget Charismatic, he won after winning the Lexington two weeks earlier. It is strange though, only having one confirmed runner in the Preakness from the Derby.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Ill tell you why? California Chrome had it all his way. Other horses had to endure the struggle of keeping pace, fighting for position, tiring, mental stress. This is a pretty simple concept and can be applied in almost every human-based sport as well. Look at a baseball pitcher. When things are going his way on a given night, a lot of the times, he will go the distance. Why? His pitches are effortless yet painfully effective. Look at his opponent who gave up 6 runs in the 2nd. Is he going to turn it around and start mowing down batters? Very unlikely. Who of these two pitchers is likely to come out of the game sharp and ready for a encore next time on the mound?