By Dick Downey
Photo by Dick Downey
Basking in the glow of their Kentucky Derby victory, California Chrome and trainer Art Sherman were both doing well Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
Sherman arrived at barn 20 about 5:00 a.m. after getting about 4 1/2 hours sleep. At about 7:30, California Chrome was brought out, and he posed for photographers as a rising sun shone on the chestnut colt.
Sherman said California Chrome will be shipped, probably by air, about five days before the Preakness. He discounted the thought that the horse would need more time at Pimlico. “A good horse can run over any surface,” he said.
Before the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome had never run outside of his home state, and he’d never been on a plane. Sherman said he’s never run a horse back on two weeks’ rest, and that the short break would be yet another new test for the Derby winner. “It takes most horses 10 or 11 days to recover,” he said.
Still, Sherman has confidence in California Chrome because, he said, nothing rattles the horse. Sherman said “Chrome” was perfect in the paddock in during his warmup before the Derby.
Sherman said he wouldn’t do much with California Chrome before the Preakness. After a few days off, the horse will be galloped a mile and work his way up. A timed workout isn’t planned.
Sherman’s son and assistant, Alan, will stay at Churchill Downs while the trainer returns to California to oversee the rest of his business. Sherman said the next time he’ll see California Chrome will be in Baltimore.