05/12/2014 9:51AM

Chrome report: Derby winner to ship out after last Kentucky gallop


In Louisville, Ky., California Chrome was among the first horses to step onto a fast Churchill Downs surface early Monday before being guided through a routine 1 1/2-mile gallop by exercise rider Willie Delgado.

California Chrome was sent earlier than normal by assistant trainer Alan Sherman so as to be fully prepared when a horse van picked up the colt at about 10 a.m. Eastern for the short ride to Lexington, from where he and 12 others would be flown to Baltimore via equine charter.

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“He’s happy, ready to go,” Sherman said as the colt was still cooling out before 7 a.m. “He’ll probably just jog [Tuesday] at Pimlico, andthen he’ll start back galloping the next day and on into the race.”

Sherman said California Chrome “lost a little weight out of the [Derby], like all horses do, but he’s gained it all back and a little bit more since then. We’re just trying to keep him fresh and happy. He’s such a nice horse. He’s made my job real easy.”

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BrianK More than 1 year ago
This crop of 3-year olds is bad; average at best....and CC is easily the best horse in the Derby and Preakness fields. 5/2 odds on CC in the Derby was the safest Derby bet in at least the last 20 years, and if you can get even money on him in the Preakness, it's an easy way to double your money with little stress. The Beyer on him in the Derby is hogwash...as Einstein said...it's all relative.
Brian Wolniewicz More than 1 year ago
safest bet in 20 yrs. bahahahaha how soon u forget fu peg
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of California Chrome, but I got 2 words for him...... Social Inclusion.................................................
gary Potter More than 1 year ago
I get a feeling that CC will win the Preakness, but the Belmont will be too much for him.