05/11/2014 9:31AM

Chrome report: Easy going for Derby winner before shipping Monday


Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome came onto the track for his daily routine early Sunday morning. Under regular exercise rider Willie Delgado, the colt spent about 20 minutes on the track, backtracking to the wire in a jog, then galloping about 1 3/4 miles. As usual, everything was accomplished rather slowly, carefully, and without incident.

“I just let him take his time, do whatever he feels like,” said Delgado. “He’s a rock star. Sometimes I’ll just let him stand for 10 or 15 minutes before we do anything. I say, ‘You’re the Kentucky Derby winner. You can do what you want.’ ”

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Alan Sherman, who is deputizing here for his father, trainer Art Sherman, said he expected to have California Chrome among the first horses on the track Monday at 6 a.m. Eastern. Sherman said he wants to have everything ready for the colt to ship out of Churchill at about 10 a.m. for a scheduled early-afternoon equine charter flight out of Lexington, Ky. There are two Kentucky flights booked for Baltimore this week, with the second one leaving Wednesday morning.

California Chrome is expected to be an odds-on favorite in a prospective field of about 10 in the 139th Preakness. Last Saturday, the chestnut colt prevailed as a 5-2 favorite to become the first California-bred since 1962 to win the Derby and the only horse to keep alive hope at becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.

elwood bluze More than 1 year ago
'rather slowly' YEAH!~!
kwtalk More than 1 year ago
Maybe they should ask a little more of him in a workout or he'll get to thinking nothing much is expected and oblige them. mho
TomPHickey More than 1 year ago
Yes, let's Change the way he's been training! It hasn't been working!
kwtalk More than 1 year ago
I knew all the negatives were coming. No problem. It was just an idle thought....one that I couldn't delete.
Jane Deus More than 1 year ago
Stop eating junk food. Your brains are fried.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
LOLOLOL!!!! Never, and I mean NEVER spill you guts in idle mode on this side. NEvEER. for you'll get chewed and spat out pal! Now Cheer up!
Mark More than 1 year ago
No work ? 2/5 ? No thanks .
G Vernon Carman More than 1 year ago
I think Art Sherman knows how to train his horse. I would leave those decisions up to him. The man has been around long enough to have made most ot the mistakes. The friggin horse just won the Derby at a mile and a quarter, so he'sprobably pretty fit. Know what I'm saying?