In California Chrome's first serious breeze since arriving at Gulfstream Park last week, Alan Sherman put blinkers on his charge and got the focused runner he wanted, as the 2014 Horse of the Year coasted through a five-furlong move in 1:00 3/5.
California Chrome arrived at Gulfstream Park Jan. 6 to continue preparations for a highly anticipated rematch with Arrogate in the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28.
California Chrome stepped on the track at Los Alamitos Race Course for the last time Jan. 4. He worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I).
Owner Kaleem Shah sent seven horses to Doug O'Neill and six to Art Sherman.
Footage from California Chrome's work on December 29, 2016 at Los Alamitos and comments from Art Sherman
Rain in the forecast forced a change in California Chrome's training schedule in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I), but it didn't alter the standard mood on the deck at Schwanie's At The Gap Dec. 29.
California Chrome, the California-bred with an unpretentious pedigree who captured so many hearts during his four seasons of racing, romped in the race that was designed for him to romp in.
The first quarter went in :24.95 and the half in :48.90. With a quick tap from regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney at the eighth pole, the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit finished up the five furlongs in 1:00.67.
Trainer Art Sherman received a standing ovation and proved a popular recipient of the Big Sport of Turfdom Award, given by the Turf Publicists of America at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced Nov. 22 that Art Sherman, trainer of champion and all-time North American earnings leader California Chrome, will be honored with the 2016 Big Sport of Turfdom Award.
California Chrome went about his business Saturday in his standard fashion, how trainer Art Sherman and assistant Alan Sherman have trained him consistently during his 2016 campaign--relaxed early and quick late.
The 2014 Horse of the Year has raced at eight different racetracks in five different states and overseas in Dubai, but has never competed at his Cypress, Calif., home. That may change Dec. 17, if all goes as planned.
Trainer Art Sherman said California Chrome will train up to the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
Arrogate came roaring down the Santa Anita Park stretch to catch champion California Chrome in the final strides.
California Chrome has a chance at redemption—the rarest of opportunities in today’s racing—when he starts in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, the same race and site where he finished a close third to Bayern in 2014.
Thoroughbred Charities of America's "An Evening with California Chrome" fundraising event was a big hit Nov. 2 in Arcadia, Calif.
The world's top-ranked horse, California Chrome, will try for a landmark international sweep when he starts the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
After giving his connections and fans standout victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), California Chrome will try to extend his perfect 5-year-old campaign in the richest race ever run in North America.
Arriving back at Santa Anita Oct. 30 around 11:45 a.m. local time after a smooth ride from Los Alamitos, the world's greatest racehorse soon powered down the ramp, ready for his Nov. 5 engagement as the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite.
Margaret Hiers, of Marietta, Ga., is the winner of the California Chrome Breeders' Cup Sweepstakes it was announced Oct. 28.
Footage from California Chrome's work on October 27, 2016, including comments from Art and Alan Sherman. Courtesy Los Alamitos Race Course
California Chrome works six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 Oct. 27 at his base at Los Alamitos in preparation for the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
California Chrome started slow early in his five-furlong drill under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, but kicked into another gear in the long stretch at Los Alamitos and hit the wire in 1:00 2/5.
As most of the barns at Los Alamitos Race Course only started to rustle with activity during the early morning Oct. 15, California Chrome stood like a sentinel at the top of the longest stretch run in North America.
Trainer Art Sherman reported Oct. 2 that California Chrome came out of his dominant victory in the Oct. 1 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) in good order.
Art Sherman was a swirling mixture of exasperation and confidence when he learned of California Chrome's draw for the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Two of racing's biggest stars—California Chrome and Beholder—will make their final starts before the Breeders' Cup on the Oct. 1 Santa Anita Park card as they take advantage of the opportunity to prep at the site of this year's World Championships.
With the slightest morning chill Southern California would allow in late September, Los Alamitos Race Course's resident star logged his final timed workout for the upcoming Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I).
Los Al clockers caught California Chrome in splits of :25 3/5, :49 2/5, and 1:01 1/5 en route to his final time of 1:13 1/5 under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney.
On his day, at his home track, and a bit out of his normal workout routine, California Chrome still gave trainer Art Sherman just what he wanted Sept. 10 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Trainer Art Sherman sent California Chrome back out to breeze at Los Alamitos for the first time since his impressive Aug. 20 TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) victory, and the 2014 Horse of the Year turned in a steady work Sept. 3.
Barn CC on the Del Mar backside had a party-like atmosphere Sunday morning—with a large group of connections and fans huddled around the 2014 Horse of the Year's stall—following what Sherman called the best performance of his career.
With fingers crossed seemingly all across the country from fans hoping for a clash of West Coast superstars Aug. 20 in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the stage is finally set.
California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Los Alamitos the morning of Aug. 14. The colt will ship to Del Mar Aug. 15 for Del Mar's TVG Pacific Classsic (gr. I) Aug. 20.
Art and Alan Sherman wanted California Chrome to run an easy half-mile in his first breeze following his hard-earned victory in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II), and the father-son training duo got what they asked for Aug. 7 at Los Alamitos.
Del Mar has never offered an elite race restricted to 3-year-olds and continues to see young stars ship east for lucrative purses.
Seemingly everyone that got within earshot of trainer Art Sherman wanted to express their appreciation for what they experienced the day before, when California Chrome and Dortmund did battle in the stretch during the San Diego Handicap (gr. II).
The Del Mar crowd roared as California Chrome put a head in front of Dortmund in the final turn of the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 23, but little did they know the battle they were in store for in the stretch.
Back in his namesake state for more than three months now, California Chrome is set to resume his 2016 campaign July 23 in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, where he'll take on fellow multiple grade I winner Dortmund.
Although Art Sherman was considering running California Chrome in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) and Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar this summer without Lasix, the trainer said July 17 he'll likely use it as a precaution.
If there were any lingering doubts about California Chrome's condition in preparation for the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) after some less than sparkling recent workouts at Los Alamitos, he put those concerns away in a July 16 breeze at Del Mar.
Art Sherman didn't get what he wanted out of California Chrome during his workout July 2, so he made sure he got it July 9, in the chestnut's final drill at Los Alamitos before shipping south to Del Mar for the San Diego Handicap (gr. II).
Trainer Art Sherman has said for weeks leading up to California Chrome's next start in the July 23 San Diego Handicap (gr. II)—when the blinkers go on, that's when things get serious.
California Chrome works at Los Alamitos on June 25, 2016. Courtesy Los Alamitos Race Course.
Another week, another performance from Los Alamitos Race Course's resident superstar in front of some of his most loyal fans.
As Art Sherman prepares California Chrome for his next start in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) with weekly timed workouts, the trainer seems to be more concerned with what happens after the wire than before.
California Chrome took his weekly step toward his next start in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) with a five-furlong workout in 1:01 June 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
California Chrome works in the fog at Los Alamitos on June 4, 2016. Includes footage before and after the work, and comments from Art Sherman. Courtesy Los Alamitos Race Course.
California Chrome was a blur during his workout at Los Alamitos Race Course June 4 but not because he ran particularly fast.
California Chrome worked a solid half-mile May 28 at Los Alamitos in preparation for his next start July 23 in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar.
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