Sunday, May 04 2014


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE


CALIFORNIA CHROME (1st) – The chestnut colt California Chrome carved his name in the history books Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, earning himself the right to sleep in until 6 o’clock Sunday morning at his Barn 20 new Kentucky home.

“He’s fine,” reported the newest oldest trainer (77) to win a Kentucky Derby, Art Sherman, to an early bird gathering of media types Sunday at the barn. “He left just a handful of grain in his tub last night, but that’s all. His appetite was good. He got a little tired, but not too bad. Victor (jockey Victor Espinoza) told me yesterday that he did get a bit tired on him at the end; that he eased him a bit that last 70 yards. He said he didn’t ask him for too much thinking about saving something for the next one, for the Preakness.”





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Friday, May 02 2014


Updated Kentucky Derby Morning Line After Scratch of Hoppertunity


Program# . PostPos - Horse - Jockey - Mike Battaglia’s Morning Line Odds
1. 1. Vicar’s In Trouble Rosie Napravnik 20-1
2. 2. Harry’s Holiday Corey Lanerie 50-1
3. 3. Uncle Sigh Irad Ortiz Jr. 30-1
4. 4. Danza Joe Bravo 8-1
5. 5. California Chrome Victor Espinoza 5-2
6. 6. Samraat Jose Ortiz 15-1
7. 7. We Miss Artie Javier Castellano 50-1
8. 8. General a Rod Joel Rosario 15-1
9. 9. Vinceremos Joe Rocco Jr. 30-1
10. 10. Wildcat Red Luis Saez 15-1
11. SCR Hoppertunity Mike Smith SCRATCHED
12. 11. Dance With Fate Corey Nakatani 20-1
13. 12. Chitu Martin Garcia 20-1
14. 13. Medal Count Robby Albarado 20-1
15. 14. Tapiture Ricardo Santana Jr. 12-1
16. 15. Intense Holiday John Velazquez 8-1
17. 16. Commanding Curve Shaun Bridgmohan 50-1
18. 17. Candy Boy Gary Stevens 15-1
19. 18. Ride On Curlin Calvin Borel 15-1
20. 19. Wicked Strong Rajiv Maragh 6-1
21. 20. Pablo Del Monte Jeffrey Sanchez 50-1




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Wednesday, April 30 2014


CALIFORNIA CHROME OWNS FAVORITE’S ROLE AT 5-2 FOR 140TH KENTUCKY DERBY


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 30, 2014) – Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s California Chrome, winner of four consecutive races by a combined 24 ¼ lengths, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.





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Tuesday, April 29 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Tuesday, April 29


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Trainer Art Sherman, coming on strong despite running on very little sleep, and California Chrome, coming on strong, too, despite not being allowed to do much running, made the Churchill Downs scene Tuesday morning and proved big hits.

Both trainer and horse had jetted in from their Southern California headquarters Monday and both were ready to get on about the business of showing what the likely Kentucky Derby favorite does five days in front of America’s foremost horse race. Wearing a simple green saddle cloth (his Derby cloth was back in the shop for some repairs) and with regular exercise rider Willy Delgado aboard, the chestnut colt started trackside from Barn 20 at approximately 6:45 a.m. with Art’s son and assistant – Alan Sherman – guiding him on a shank through traffic and the five-furlong gap.





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Monday, April 28 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Monday, April 28


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) - As the rains pelted, the lightning flashed and the thunder roared at Churchill Downs Monday morning, likely Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome and a dozen of his West Coast buddies went airborne from Ontario Airport near Los Angeles on a Tex Sutton charter shortly after 5 a.m. (Pacific Time). The flight landed in Louisville just after 11:30 a.m. local time and the horses arrived at the track at 12:45 p.m.





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Sunday, April 27 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Sunday, April 27


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Quiet and “cold” at the Art Sherman barn Sunday at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California – and both were just what a trainer would want heading into a role as the Kentucky Derby favorite.

The affable Sherman has met his equine soulmate in “Chrome,” the chestnut Cal-bred whose racetrack exploits have led him to the edge of racing immortality.





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Saturday, April 26 2014


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – Saturday, April 26


CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – “Very good. Exactly what I needed for the horse. He doesn’t need much now. He’s ready. I just wanted to put some air into him. He’s happy and fresh. That’s the way I want to keep him for this race.”

Trainer Art Sherman had nothing but good things to say following a four-furlong drill by his likely Kentucky Derby favorite Saturday morning at his training headquarters at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California. The chestnut California-bred had completed an “easy” half mile in :48.20 with a gallop out in 1:01 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.





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KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – Friday, April 25


CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s California Chrome is scheduled to work Saturday morning at 7:30 (Pacific Time) at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome is scheduled to ship to Louisville on Monday and be ridden in Kentucky Derby 140 by Victor Espinoza.






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Thursday, April 24 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Thursday, April 24


CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) - Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's California Chrome is scheduled to work Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome is scheduled to ship to Louisville on Monday and be ridden in Kentucky Derby 140 by Victor Espinoza.





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Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Wednesday, April 23


VICAR'S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 15)/HARRY'S HOLIDAY (No. 20) - J. Armando Rodriguez's General a Rod recorded his first official work at Churchill Downs in preparation for Kentucky Derby 140, covering five furlongs in 1:03.40 with splits of :13, :26.20, 39 and out six furlongs in 1:17.60 with exercise rider Joel Barrientos up for trainer Mike Maker.





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Tuesday, April 22 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Monday, April 21


VICAR'S IN TROUBLE (No. 2) / GENERAL A ROD (No. 15) / HARRY'S HOLIDAY (No. 20) - Trainer Mike Maker reported Monday morning that his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities "were doing just fine" at the nearby Trackside Training Center.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble galloped at Trackside Monday morning and is scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs this Saturday along with Harry's Holiday, who is owned by Skychai Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner.

J. Armando Rodriguez's General a Rod also galloped at Trackside Monday and is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs most likely on Wednesday.





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Friday, April 04 2014


Kentucky Derby Championship Series Weekly Update


SANTA ANITA DERBY, WOOD MEMORIAL STAR ON ‘ROAD TO KENTUCKY DERBY’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, April 4, 2014) – California-bred titan California Chrome will attempt to cement his status as the early favorite for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands with a strong performance in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby.





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