Chrome’s Brother Faversham ‘Smoldered’ In Work For Cal Cup Derby

by | 02.10.2018 | 6:05pm
Faversham, full brother to California Chrome

Faversham, a full brother to two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, worked five furlongs early Saturday morning in 1:01.20 for the $200,000 California Cup Derby at a mile and one-sixteenth on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19 at Santa Anita.

The chestnut ridgling by Lucky Pulpit-Love the Chase was ridden by Stewart Elliott, winner of the 2004 Kentucky Derby on Smarty Jones. Elliott was aboard Faversham in his first and only start, closing from eighth and last to be second by a length and a quarter going six furlongs on Jan. 15.

“I got him in a minute and three-fifths, but I've got that fast watch,” said trainer Art Sherman after the drill. “He really finished strong the last part of it this morning. He had the perfect company. Some horse opened up two or three lengths on him, and down the lane, he just smoldered down and got him.

“Stewart really liked the way he worked.”

Said Stewart of Faversham's first race: “He broke just so-so; it says he broke slow, but he really doesn't have the speed, and we knew he'd want to go longer. It took him a while to get going, he ate a little bit of dirt, but he finally came running and finished real strong.

“I think he's just crying to go two turns.”

A large field looms for the California Cup Derby. Other probables include Campaigner, Continental Divide, Dynamic Duo, Fire When Ready, Heck Yeah, Intimidate, Kaleidoscope Kid, Lucky Romano and Night At the Opera.

  • Always Curious

    I hope this boy turns out to be a good one. I would love to see him do great & Art have some more fun:)

  • Tony Cano

    Faversham has some promise, that’s for sure.

  • papine01 .

    Could be interesting as Orb’s full brother Personal Time seems to be on track for the derby also. He worked a bullet 37 and change yesterday at Payson. What if eh??

  • Delrene

    He is sure a good looking colt and I wish Team Sherman and Faversham good racing, some luck and a great future.

  • disqus_v6LneMHJ4O

    Go Favvy! We are ALL rooting for ya!! I hope Lucky Pulpit will be watching you somewhere :)

  • Kathryn R Wilt

    Thrilled for the connections.

  • Bobbie G.

    Think I’ll go to the track tomorrow to see him in person. “The Fav” looks beautiful and fit. Hope he does well. Sherman will certainly see to it. Go….brother of Chrome!!!

    • Minneola

      If you have time, please let the rest of us know what you think after you see him, in person.

      • Bobbie G.

        I will as soon as I can.

        • Minneola

          Thank you. I bet there are others, besides myself, that would appreciate your contributing what you see. I remember being surprised when I went to Golden Gate Fields to see Hope’s Love. Expecting a filly to kind of resemble Chrome, I found her to be quite small. Beautiful but small. Lighter copper color as well. Would like to get a better idea of what Faversham looks like. Photos only work up to a point.

          • Bobbie G.

            I will go to Santa Anita to see him as soon as possible and try to talk to Art Sherman and get a photo up close. Art is very easy to talk to and has signed Chrome’s picture for me a few times in the past. I have to walk fast next to him but he’s very approachable. Sherman says “The Fav” needs more muscle which should come this year as he trains.

  • BBFan

    Ruh-roh! The Martin Got Lucky Club might be in serious trouble, LOL!

    • Always Curious

      Martin may turn out to be the Luckiest breeder of all time, percentage wise of all those bred. If this boy does great I hope Martin has laryngitis. He is sole owner of this one.

      • Cheap Speed

        It is the fool who looks at a wise man’s success and proclaims “Luck”.

        • Neigh Sayer

          It’s also a ridiculous logic to think getting a once in a lifetime horse like that is not lightning in a bottle. If he was such a genius breeder why just one mare to one stallion four times. And Lucky Pulpit was his second choice after another on the same farm was sent overseas so he took the second choice on the same farm. Lightning in a bottle and he knew it so he didn’t even try to put other pairings together.

          • Big G

            dear sayer ,, whats that famous saying I RATHER BE LUCKY THAN SMART .. GOD BLESS BIG G.

    • Minneola

      Along with a great deal of luck, some people do not give enough credit
      to this “newbie” in racing for his extraordinary intelligence. I don’t
      believe that many realize how scientifically complex Perry Martin’s
      career has been where his primary responsibility was in analysis of very
      sophisticated area of engineering. That quality may have also given
      him some insight that others (even those involved in breeding) may have
      missed. However, repeating myself, here….luck definitely plays a huge
      role in racing.

  • Shyanne Rasmussen

    Best of luck Smitty! He looked pretty good in that last work

  • Boknows

    Go Faversham Go!! God Bless you Safe and Sound!! Win Win Win…

  • Minneola

    Wishing the best for Faversham and his most excellent of connections. I’ve been following this little guy for some time and one thing that I can’t help but compare is that he seems to be starting off in racing much like his big brother did. It took Chrome some time to get up to his winning form. Perhaps, that is what we are seeing repeated in Faversham. In the meanwhile, I am just grateful that he is in the hands of Art Sherman and his team!

  • nikoniko

    I love him! He seems to really get it . Didn’t know he was a ridgling. Can that affect him in any manner as per racing performance?

    • duchess

      I believe that it can if the undescended testicle gets pinched.

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