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Continued: California Chrome has 1 1/2 miles to immortality

  • Article by: JOHN CLAY , Lexington Herald-Leader
  • Last update: June 7, 2014 - 11:46 AM

Chrome’s detractors can be biting, as well. They reference the 36-year Triple Crown drought. They tout the Belmont’s well-rested challengers. They harp on Chrome’s supposedly inferior California breeding and his supposedly unlucky four white feet.

“I think they’ll have a show about him on ‘Mythbusters,’ ” Delgado said, “because that’s what it is, a myth.”

Someone asked Delgado whether he might have trouble sleeping Friday night.

“Not me,” Delgado said. “Six beers and I pass out.”

Chrome will jog at 5:30 Saturday morning. Alan Sherman will remain at the barn all day because that’s what he does for the family business.

After all, 77-year-old Art Sherman has been in the game 60 years. Alan’s mother, Faye, worked 30 years in the Bay Meadows gift shop. Alan’s older brother, 51-year-old Steve, is a trainer in northern California.

Alan is 45. After riding as a jockey from 1986 to ’89, he worked for the legendary Charlie Whittingham before joining his father in 1991.

He has been embedded with Chrome every step.

“If he runs his race,” Sherman said, “I think he’ll be pretty solid.”

“When it gets to this point,” Delgado said, “it’s all about the horse and the man upstairs.”

Come Saturday night, one way the other, it will be over.

“I’m ready to go home,” Alan Sherman said. “It’s been six weeks on the road.”

He is anxious to see his new grandson. His daughter, Brianne, gave birth to a boy, Logan, this week. Then Alan is going fishing.

“Alaska,” he said. “We go every year.”

First, California Chrome will try to bust another myth: that modern-day horses can’t win the Triple Crown.

“We’re good,” Alan Sherman said.

Confident?

“Excited,” he said.

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