Clocker Russ Hudak caught the defending Horse of the Year in splits of :25 4/5 and :49 4/5, giving him 1:13 4/5 for six furlongs with a gallop out in 1:28 3/5 under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney.
"I thought (he went) very well," Sherman said. "He's getting closer. The gallop out was real strong and the last eighth of a mile I got him in :11 flat. That is moving. I'm very well-pleased with the way he's going right now."
The 4-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit is preparing for his first race since finishing second in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in March, after taking time to recover from bone bruising at Taylor Made Farm His connections hope a race in the Jan. 9 San Pasqual (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park will lay the foundation for the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) winner to make a return to Dubai.
The San Pasqual will be California Chrome's first start for Taylor Made in partnership with co-breeder Perry Martin; the Nicholasville, Ky.-based operation bought out co-breeder Steve Coburn's share earlier this year.
"He looks great," Sherman said. "He's matured. He's a good-looking horse. I'm privileged to have a horse like him. We've got a couple of key works left and we'll be ready for Jan. 9, I'm hoping."
California Chrome will breeze Dec. 26 at Los Alamitos, and according to Sherman there is a possibility the chestnut colt could work between races at Santa Anita in his final pre-race move.
"They've been wanting to have him over there for the public and it would probably be beneficial for me; we'd just leave him over there and run on Jan. 9," the trainer said.