05/14/2014 8:47AM

Chrome report: Sherman supervises gallop

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BALTIMORE - On a cool, cloudy, damp morning - totally unlike Tuesday here - Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome had a leisurely 1 1/2-mile gallop shortly before 7 a.m. on Wednesday over Pimlico’s main track.

With exercise rider Willie Delgado up, California Chrome jogged back to the five-eighths pole where he stood briefly before breaking off into a slow gallop, looking around at the photographers near the gap as he came through the stretch the first time. He continued at a slow pace before picking it up entering the far turn and kept an 18- to 19-second eighth of a mile pace through the lane and around the clubhouse turn.

Wednesday morning was the first time trainer Art Sherman saw California Chrome train since the Kentucky Derby.

“I thought it was a good gallop,” Sherman told the media around 7:30. “He looked around quite a bit the first time around, like he usually does. He’s  a very inquisitive horse. Then he took hold of the bit and was going pretty good the next time around, which that’s his style, the way he gallops every day.”

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Asked how California Chrome got over this track compared to Churchill Downs, Sherman said: “He looked like he handled it really well. It’s got a nice cushion, this track. It reminds me of the days when I rode back East. I always liked that kind of dirt; it’s different than the synthetic tracks. He’s run on four different tracks already. I don’t think he has to take the racetrack with him when he performs.”

Though Sherman is not keen on running California Chrome back on two weeks’ rest, he is happy with the way California Chrome looks physically, estimating he has put on 35 pounds since the Derby.

“It always bothers me coming back in two weeks, like I think most trainers,” Sherman said. “It takes a horse a good 10 days to really bounce out of a race good. He’s holding his weight; that’s a big factor. He’s eating good, he finished every oat last night, and he seems to be thriving on this type of training, so I’m sure not changing anything. Let’s go for it.”

California Chrome is expected to face nine horses when entries are taken later Wednesday morning. Post positions will be drawn Wednesday evening. He faced 18 horses in the Kentucky Derby.

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“It’s always easier when you got less horses, you got less traffic,” Sherman said. “There are three speed horses in here. He likes that target to run at, so I really think with good racing luck he should be in a position where he’ll be in the clear.”

Asked in general how he was feeling about the Preakness, Sherman said, “I wouldn’t want to be in anybody else’s shoes right now, I’ll tell you that.”

Jady Duame More than 1 year ago
Sounds like a plan....may the best horse win!!!
kayopi More than 1 year ago
lets just let the horses run and our mouths stop....please?!
FromHorsesMouth More than 1 year ago
CC is the fastest and smartest horse in the race!
jeffhollywood1 More than 1 year ago
No question about it, but we all know the fastest and smartest horse doesn't always win the race....right?
M More than 1 year ago
CC wins this race in business like fashion. I see a similar trip as the SA Derby and KY Derby. Distance suits. As far as the BEL Ive already booked my flight into NY anticpating a triple crown contender. The Belmont will be a much tougher task I am afraid. Rested horses waiting in the weeds for CC. good luck to all...
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
I don't think Social Inclusion is coming out for a friendly GALLOP Saturday. Good Luck if he can get the distance
Miles Long More than 1 year ago
I agree with you....especially a California bred horse. Not gonna happen!
kayopi More than 1 year ago
I also concur....Cali breds aren't even supposed to be in the Derby...right?
jeffhollywood1 More than 1 year ago
As much as I love California Chrome, I'm afraid that CC will not be allowed to win the Triple Crown...if he can even take the Preakness. I'm not a conspiracy theorist but I feel like there are influential individuals that just won't allow that to happen...at least not with this horse, this year?!
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
WHY ? This horse explain ?? Don't understand ? He either can win all 3 races or cant.
Ian Douglas More than 1 year ago
Jeff, the guy was not making any sense why bother
jeffhollywood1 More than 1 year ago
Thanks Ian...no argument from me!
Robert Danna More than 1 year ago
Looks Fit, acts fit and eating regular - can't argue with success GO CHROME!, GO ART!
keith buck More than 1 year ago
Steve Coburn , iam still sitting on you shoulder. Good Luck Your friend from CVI Secretariat
Art Brown More than 1 year ago
There is legitimate speed in this Preakness. Chrome won't be able to get a rest on slow fractions like he did in the Derby. He'll get cooked this weekend and spit out like yesterdays chum. Please bet him people cause your money is coming to me in my win bet.
Steve More than 1 year ago
CC sits off the "legitimate" speed, they don't get the distance, and CC eases by for an easy 5-7 length victory.
Andy Dean More than 1 year ago
Cooked?? Let me ask you a question Art. When have you ever seen him engage in a speed duel?? In the last 4 races when have you seen him spit out the bit b/c he couldn't keep up??? Do you watch the qualifying races of the contenders? In his San Felipe stakes race he popped the gate like a quarter horse and ran them off their feet as if to say, "Okay you naysayers (like yourself) let me show you another aspect of my talent". If anything it is CC who could cook everybody else but that's not his MO. Victor will have him in position like always, and not get hooked up in any speed duel. That will be whoever tries to run with Social Inclusion, maybe General A-Rod. or Bayern. There is nobody he's yet faced that has his effortless ly high cruising speed and then quicken in the blink of an eye @ the 3/16th pole, distancing his competition and glide home with no concentrated extra effort the last eighth of a mile. In his Santa Anita Derby he stopped the clock in 1:47.52 geared down the last sixteenth. The track record is 1:47.0 held by three horses. Lucky Debonair, Indian Charlie Oh yeah, and Sham. You've heard of Sham, right? CC could've broken the track record easily that day. Of course, being the personality type you are, you'd have said something maligning the speed favoring nature of California race tracks ergo it isn't a valid track record. Whatever. It seems you cannot see greatness when it's right before your eyes. Or maybe you're just a hater. I wonder which one it is.
Pete Dotto More than 1 year ago
There's no legitimate speed in the race for a mile & 3/16th other than Chrome. I see an identical race as the Derby. Chrome sits near the pace and makes his big move at the top of the stretch. See ya all later, much later. This is an easy race for him. The Belmont will be the tough one. A lot of fresh horses will be ganging up on him.