05/09/2014 9:12AM

Chrome Report: Slow gallop for Derby winner; Monday flight confirmed

Barbara D. Livingston
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome gallops 1 3/4 miles on Friday at Churchill Downs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It was business as usual Friday morning for Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome, who turned in another routine gallop at Churchill Downs as his prepares for the second leg of the Triple Crown, the May 17 Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore.

As is his custom, he went slowly under exercise rider Willie Delgado in his first lap around the Churchill Downs oval before picking up his pace over a gallop of approximately 1 3/4 miles

Alan Sherman, assistant to his father, trainer Art Sherman, is overseeing the colt’s training with his father attending to his horses at Los Alamitos in Southern California this week.

Alan Sherman said arrangements had been worked out for California Chrome to fly on a Tex Sutton flight from Lexington to Maryland Monday afternoon. He will train Monday morning at Churchill before traveling, Sherman said. 

The connections of California Chrome have long wanted to leave for Baltimore on Monday, rather than on Wednesday, when a flight had long been scheduled. The extra days would give him a little more time to become acclimated to Pimlico.

With a threat of rain in Louisville from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning, there is a possibility of a wet track Saturday morning. But that is unlikely to take him out of his galloping regimen.

“As long as the track is okay, I don’t mind training on a wet track,” Alan Sherman said.

Greg More than 1 year ago
Boy this should be a plus article. All you pathetic people must be paying for it. Wouldn't pay penny a month for this crap.
jaybern1 More than 1 year ago
These free articles are fascinating. I can't think of anything more interesting than the travel itinerary of a horse.
Dave Mckenna More than 1 year ago
that's funny one jj
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
The Preakness is coming up TOUGH. If he can beat these horses, he is one BAD DUDE.
Dave Mckenna More than 1 year ago
coming up tough? this field is a Yavapai downs allowance with Donnie French riding the fav
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
3 wins in 5 weeks is no little feet...He better bring his sailing shoes!!!...Good luck and then some to CC RIDER and his connections...
Marc Strews More than 1 year ago
Well regression is showing with cc we will see this one backing up dead last
kwtalk More than 1 year ago
How can you tell that?
Donna Hjort More than 1 year ago
Vickie Aument More than 1 year ago
Check his races over the past few months -
Sandi Nisson More than 1 year ago
Stupid thing to say.........Hope you end up with EGG on your face
jaybern1 More than 1 year ago
Don't take it so personally, it's only horse racing.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Here's to a smoooth safe trip for all.
kwtalk More than 1 year ago
...and no shifty shenanigans.
Honnimae More than 1 year ago
I want him to win with ease and win by 20 in the Belmont. And then go to stud in Japan
Sandi Nisson More than 1 year ago
NOT Japan
Raymond Felder More than 1 year ago
i hope the chrome can win the preakness, but it wont be easy. bayern, dynamic impact and social inclusion will be hard to beat in this race. i look for chrome to be close to a very fast pace, and if he can fire down the lane i have no dought the chrome will be the next triple crown winner.
AndrewD More than 1 year ago
None of those three are within 10 lengths of California Chrome.
Wabstat More than 1 year ago
Don't sleep on Social Inclusion, he is a formidable foe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With SI & Bayern in the Preakness, it actually sets up really well for CC. He can sit right the early pace (slow or fast) & then do what he does. Open up with his turn of foot at the top of the stretch to the 1/8th pole. Race over. SI/Bayern just set the table for CC. I believe what I see & what the clock says. CC is a special, special horse. Simple put, CC beats anybody they put up against him. I've also read "why isn't there more horses challenging CC in the Preakness that also ran in the Derby?" Yes...why is that? Maybe, just maybe, the trainers of the Derby challengers know when they're beat. CC made the 1st Saturday in May look real, real easy.
Vickie Aument More than 1 year ago
They will rest and go at him in the Belmont - should not be allowed