Elmont, NY - Trainer Art Sherman and his son, assistant trainer Alan, are very confident that a Triple Crown win is on the horizon.
This week they haven't done anything different to their horse training wise to prepare for tomorrow's big race. Their horse has filled out a little over the last few weeks and schooled in the starting gates. They have worked him on Belmont's main track and claim, "I feel better about this race than I have any other race." "I see how far he has advanced. I know it will be tough going a mile and a half, but this is a good horse.
California Chrome's odds are at 3/5, the favorite in the betting field. Favorites are supposed to win and usually do, but it has been a long time and the odds of winning a Triple Crown are unfavorable.
At 77, Art Sherman became the oldest trainer to win a Kentucky Derby. Sherman's interest in the sport of racing came in 1953 when he moved to Los Angeles and worked with Rex Ellsworth. In 1957 he became a jockey and won more than 2,000 races before he retired in 1978. He was also an assistant trainer to Paul Guidotti and took out his trainer's license in 1979. Since that time Sherman won close to 2,200 races and $39 million in purse earnings. In 1988 his first graded stakes win was with a horse called Perfec Travel in the Triple Bend Handicap Grade 3. His first Grade 1 win was in 2006 with Siren Lure.
It seems as if everything has lined-up so far for the California Chrome racing team. Whether it's luck or sheer fate, things seem to be falling into place for them. If California Chrome wins the Belmont, he will become the third California-bred horse to win this race since Africander in 1903! Before that, Comanche was the first California-bred horse to win the Belmont in 1893.