Coach Art Sherman reflects on California Chrome, horse racing career - Press Enterprise | MCU Times

Coach Art Sherman reflects on California Chrome, horse racing career – Press Enterprise

There were some people in life who were destined to be connected at the hip, like Abbott and Costello and Laurel and Hardy. They go perfectly together, like milk and cookies, steak and eggs and peanut butter and jelly.

But coach Art Sherman and California Chrome’s rookie owners, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, who hit the lottery with their very first horse and never quite figured out their huge fortune?

Not so much.

Sherman, who announced his retirement this week at the age of 84 with effect at the end of the year, is the gold standard for class in horse racing. Coburn and Martin? Not so much. It was not exactly a match made in heaven, as Sherman revealed during a phone interview this week.

“It was a little hard for me,” Sherman said. “When Taylor Made (Farm) and the other people got involved, it made my life a lot easier. They (Coburn and Martin) did not like each other, quarrel and quarrel always, and it was not a good scene for me. I’m not into that kind of atmosphere.

“They were so lucky to get such a horse and never appreciated him so much. He was just one of the naughty horses that made it big and they were lucky. They won the lottery, is what I told them . ”

Sherman will always be with California Chrome, one of the most popular horses in the history of the sport. He became only the fourth Cal breeder to win the Kentucky Derby in 2014, joining Morvich (1922), Swaps (1955) and Decidedly (1962), becoming a Twice Horse of the Year.

The modestly bred son of Lucky Pulpit, a $ 1,500 stallion, brought Sherman on a journey he had never dreamed was possible. He went places and met people he never would have, if not for a remarkable chestnut horse that overcame a few owners who called themselves Dumb Ass Partners.

“I will never be able to duplicate anything like that,” Sherman said. “It was a ride I will never forget. He was such a wonderful horse to be with. It was wonderful to have a horse that is once in a lifetime. He earned just under $ 15 million and it’s hard for a horse to make that kind of money.

“I still have people calling me about Chrome, and he’s always on Facebook. Even though he’s in Japan now (standing stud), everyone (still talking about him).

Chrome won 16 out of 27 races for $ 14,752,650 earnings. He won the Dubai World Cup in 2016 after a second-place finish the year before, and along with his Derby and Preakness victories, he delivered one of the best Pacific Classic performances ever when he beat Beholder in 2016.

Sherman believes it was Chrome’s strongest race.

“I think winning the Pacific Classic (2016) was an all-time go-getter for me,” he said. “I always thought the Pacific Classic was such a great race and he beat Beholder and she was a great filly. However, I thought she would be in trouble at that point. My horse got so sharp into the race. When they let him go in the lead, as they did, I said, ‘That’s what he likes. He’s just prick up his ears.’ It was a highlight for me. ”

At age 77, the oldest trainer to win the Kentucky Derby, Sherman’s stable had shrunk to four horses, and he knew it was time to bow.

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