05/13/2014 8:40AM

Chrome report: Taking a spin

Barbara D. Livingston
California Chrome and exercise rider Willie Delgado take a quick spin around the Pimlico track on Tuesday.

BALTIMORE – California Chrome had been standing on the Pimlico loam for only a minute or two Tuesday morning when he let out an inordinately long and loud whinny, as if to say, “What is this new place?”

Some 30 minutes later, after the colt had made an uneventful first-ever circuit of the track, assistant trainer Alan Sherman grinned about it.

“That’s him,” said Sherman.

With regular exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard, California Chrome stood in place for several minutes before breaking into a slow, clockwise jog, touring the one-mile Pimlico oval once before being led off by Sherman at the same quarter-pole gap. He then walked back to the stakes barn, with the entire light-training routine taking no more than 20 minutes.

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“I just wanted him to get familiar with the track,” said Sherman, who has been deputizing for his father, trainer Art Sherman, since shortly after California Chrome won the May 3 Kentucky Derby. “I thought about galloping him, but he gets so curious and just stands there and gawks that I thought we’d just get him over it once and bring him on in.”

Not long after the colt returned to the barn, Alan Sherman was on the phone to his father, who was preparing to leave for the airport and was scheduled to arrive in Baltimore later in the day to be on hand for the rest of Preakness week.

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Alan Sherman said the ship from Louisville on Monday was uneventful and California Chrome “didn’t miss an oat last night."

"He’s feeling great," Alan Sherman said. "Everything’s good.”

California Chrome, bred and owned by Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, will be a heavy favorite Saturday in the 139th Preakness. A field of 10 3-year-olds is expected to be entered Wednesday.

LJRaider22 More than 1 year ago
Art's piling in on Caili Chrome
Aaron Wilson More than 1 year ago
True race fans wouldn't root against chrome or a triple crown.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I am a true fan and a true horseplayer. The big difference between horseplayers and gamblers, is you have to separate your wagering from the love and respect of the horses and the sport... I am rooting for CC, but it doe's not mean I'll be taking 1-5, and if I do try to beat him and he storms on home, I'll be cheering for him... Buyer cashed in on "his figs", I don't consider him a true horseplayer, he's a gambler, and a damn good salesman..
martymar . More than 1 year ago
excellent point, how can anyone hate the story of California Chrome. I hope he wins, even if placed on other horses with higher pay out I hope California Chrome wins.
Michael More than 1 year ago
I just dont get the east/west bias in racing. What a way to handicapp..Oh he's from NY I'm not betting, or he's a cheap cal bred I'm gonna slam him. Keep it up on both sides...ca ching...retards...
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I'm East Coast, and after the SA Derby, I knew I had my Derby horse, I just had "trouble with the Curve" :-)
Art Brown More than 1 year ago
Chrome will be heading home after getting dirt kicked in his face in the Preakness. He may be able to get a 5th place check. Going to be a good exacta with the favorite at 2-5. Exacta should pay at least 500. After the race the excuse will be that he didn't like the track or some mumbo jumbo. See you in Los Al next Monday Chrome cause you are coming home.
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
LOL.....your kidding right????
yahoo user More than 1 year ago
He will do what it takes to win and save his best race for the Belmont. He will have no problem with the Belmont distance.
Johnny Hock More than 1 year ago
It is hilarious to read how much hate is being thrown at this horse. He has destroyed everything this year. He won the derby easy while being pulled up. And people on this page say they will laugh in our dumb face when he finishes out of the money? Listen it is horse racing and it certainly is possible he lose. It will take a bad start or bad trip to do so however. This is BY FAR the best 3 year old in the country and it is time you get used to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Social Inclusion will take CC to the wire but CC wins by a half length. The local horse always finishes 3rd. There is your Tri. Merry Christmas in May. Btw....Tri pays $188
anonymous More than 1 year ago
This horse is too ugly to even win the Kentucky Derby, let alone the triple crown. I'd rather wait than have the wrong horse win. California Chrome is lankier and has a bigger chest than the others and his body is angular like Mr. P's, but he's just not up there with Seattle Slew and any of the lesser triple crown winners. Once again, a hero is needed to stop this travesty. This at least isn't as bad as the tiny I'll Have Another winning it all. Where will salvation come from this time?
Anna Montanucci More than 1 year ago
Lol, I appreciate the humor. People need to stop taking this so seriously.
Tiffini Brinson More than 1 year ago
What a hilarious post by obviously a joke! Apparently, you would be one of those that would've paid a couple of hundred of thousands out of your pocket, believing that's how Derbies are won, and the Crown worn! BUT this "ugly" horse is doing what I guarantee YOU would love to be holding control of and call as your own. But then again, you would be in barn not pointing towards the possibility of a Triple Crown with that overpriced yearling wouldn't you???
Carl More than 1 year ago
If California Chrome doesn't stumble or the jockey doesn't fall off, he will demolish this field, The Preakness always favors a strong front running Kentucky Derby winner. The naysayers don't realize that CALIFORNIA CHROME ran the derby almost 2 seconds faster then Sunday Silence who bested Easy Goer in the same race! Think about that! We would have had a triple crown winner ten years ago if dumb Stewart Elliot, would have put a strong hold on SMARTY JONES during the early stages of the Belmont!
Bryan Horn More than 1 year ago
Fast pace for CC to run into; I see ROC and Ring Weekend coming late to pick up the pieces; Bayern is a miler, SI had a perfect trip in the Wood and walked home.