‘Chromies’ Give California Chrome Final Sendoff At Los Alamitos

by | 01.06.2017 | 10:07am
California Chrome

Horse of the Year finalist California Chrome left his home at Los Alamitos race course for the last time on Friday morning, heading east to Gulfstream Park in Florida to prepare for the inaugural running of the $12-million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28.

Art Sherman, who trains the 6-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit for California Chrome LLC (a partnership of co-breeder Perry Martin and a syndicate from Taylor Made Farm), said the plane taking Chrome to Miami was originally scheduled to stop in Dallas but will instead refuel in El Paso because of weather problems.

Following the Pegasus World Cup, California Chrome will enter stud at Taylor Made in Nicholasville, Ky., as the leading money winner in North American Thoroughbred racing history. He's won 15 of 25 starts, with four seconds and one third, for earnings of $14,452,650.

Los Alamitos has been chronicling California Chrome by video and had a camera crew at the Cypress, Calif., track early Friday morning to document the preparations for the horse's flight to Florida.

“We've got our Chromies here, quite a few of them, to give him a farewell sendoff,” said Sherman. “This will be the last time we see him in California, so it's going to be different seeing that stall empty for a while. But I am putting Dortmund in there because it's a double stall and he's a huge horse. That will help me look over there and see that the stall is occupied. It'll feel good to me.”

Sherman was recently given a group of horses, including Grade 1 winner Dortmund, owned by Kaleem Shah and ere formerly trained by Bob Baffert, after a falling out between the two men.

  • Bandit252

    I’ll admit I’m sad to see Chrome on the verge of leaving his racing days behind. I’m so thankful we got another year of him, I would have bet the farm he was going to be retired as a four year old. One of the good things about his retirement though is that I live around 3.5 hours from Taylor Made. I’ve never before been able to see him in person and now he’ll be fairly close. That will be a very fun day of memories. Thanks for the roller coaster of a ride Chrome and go out with a smashing victory in the Pegasus!

  • disqus_v6LneMHJ4O

    We will miss you SO much beautiful! Safe trip and safe trip to the winner’s circle at Gulfstream…I hope to visit you at Taylor Made. I look forward to your new legacy…your foals! Thank you so much for 2016…so much fun and enjoyment following your races .
    Love the Chrome forever.

  • OopsyDaisy3

    Thanks Videographers for making this one. True to Chrome’s Daily awakening call, there was Raul and no doubt his wife. Good Luck California Chrome and safe trip wished to all the traveling equines.
    Linda in Texas

  • Georgina Hall

    Safe trip to the winners circle one last time CHROME I feel a huge Chromie Party in the near future ! Thank you to Team Chrome for puting up with all of us . GO CHROME

  • trollman

    Arrogate vs. Chrome, the rematch. It doesn’t get any better. Stating the obvious, the horse who likes the track better is the most probable winner.
    Interesting observation of CC, some of his biggest losses have come against great individual performances and horses. Tonalist, at his best in the Belmont, Prince Bishop freak performance in Dubai, the great Shared Belief, and Baffert’s Bayern and Arrogate peak performances in the Breeders Cup Championship.

    • Doug Chambers

      Chrome may not always land on top, but his consistency as a racehorse that often dominates the field speaks for itself. He will go down as one of the greats.

      • Doug Chambers

        Also, yeah, they are not machines so how they adapt to the track, how they are feeling that day, and those sorts of things do have a say in a race. That’s why we need more than one race between the two to adequately compare the two to each other. It will be interesting to see which one runs off with the win.

        • Bev

          Do you realize it doesn’t matter. WHY the big beef about Arrogate? Chrome is retiring. WHO Arro races in the Pegasus will be WHO he will race all year. Lets just cross our fingers, that spunky boy can LAST a FULL year this year. He only ran four races in his whole life. AND won four. So he will do good this year and win some awards of his own the end of this year if he doesn’t burn out. ALL BB’s horses trained for speed…….disappear for a long rest and then don’t qualify for Eclipse awards. You have to work a full year to qualify. He’s darn good. Lets hope he STAYS racing for fans too. AND doesn’t retire if he does win the Pegasus. LOL COP out once again. LOL Race the darn boy. For years. WE know how BB thinks. If he wins the Pegasus…..they’ll retire him at age 4 which he is now…..4. This Pegasus will be Arrogates 5th race in his whole life.

          • Doug Chambers

            Which brings in another good variable. A lot has to do with the ride and the training too. It really is a team effort, but you also have to have a horse with the goods to accomplish what Chrome has, and what Arrogate is currently accomplishing.

          • Lawrence R

            Arrogate has only won 3 races so far in his career. He lost his first race.
            Juddmonte will not retire the horse at 4 unless he sustains a serious injury. How in the world do all you people read Bafferts mind? I’ve been trying for years. Now ,I just bet his horses unless they are not training well , are out classed or they are going off at prohibited odds . Well lets see,Silver Charm,
            Game On Dude, Silverbullet Day, Point Given, just a few of the many that stuck around.

    • Mr J

      Arrogate probably not going .Hasnt trained since 12/27 and if it rains this weekend he’s out.CC can now go out a winner

      • Bev

        he is going

        • Mr J

          Huh ?

      • Yes Master

        He was on the plane with Chrome. BB at the airport as well. But Palm Beach airport not Ft.L

        • Mr J

          Where did you see that. Link. BB said on DRF that if he didnt train in the next few days,he wasnt going

          • Yes Master

            Got the calls from folks at the plane. Both app and TB

          • Mr J

            Arrogate may be retiring

          • Doug Chambers

            The only way I see them retiring him is if he is hurt, or found to have a serious condition.

            Curious as to where you got that.

          • Mr J

            Someone posted,but just busting Yesmaster nuts for his nonsense posts

      • Lawrence R

        He has been training ,simply has not worked out .

    • Bev

      ALL he raced against WAS great individuals. Why he made lots of money. BUT he won 15, had 4 seconds, 1 third out of 25 races. He’s a BEAST. That’s our boy. oh, and he stayed SOUND all these years and never had so much as a pimple as Art puts it until he was over in UK and got an abscess in his foot. AND came home thank GOD.

  • md reynolds

    THANK YOU CHROME & CONNECTIONS for a spectacular 2016…and 2014!!!! I can only imagine how the Sherman’s feel and am delighted they now have many of K. Shah”so best horses!

    GO CHROME GO!
    SEE YOU AT THE PEGASUS!

  • md reynolds

    Just watched the video……..tears…..

    • Mr J

      Ok….lol

    • Bev

      tears?? He has a second GREATER job ahead of him yet. This first job set him up good FOR the second important job….breeding. AND then one of his babies will make it to Art Sherman for training. THAT is what Art is dying to have happen. US TOO. Would be so much fun. LOL BUT Art has Faversham too. Chromes little brother, coming in March. Chrome is going to have a wonderful life. ART TOO. YES, empty stalls hit you hard…….for one day. You move on. HE is alive and well and retiring is all. Could have left us in a worse way. Thank God he has great ownership that have done a wonderful job with Chrome. AND put up with all us Chromies for so many years. LOL WE had many ups and downs they had to put up with until we got to KNOW the business a little bit. LOL Chromes humans are awesome.

      • Doug Chambers

        LOL, again.

  • Doug Chambers

    Is his groom also going early to accompany him?

    Go Chrome!

    Nice to see Art get a shot at Dortmund.

    • Bev

      I don’t think Chrome goes anywhere without Raul and probably his wife. Raul, Alan and Dihigi will hopefully and probably meet him in Miami. I guess they’d be there by now. Haven’t seen any updates yet. I sure hope Raul went with Chrome.

      • ziggypop

        Raul lead him off the van at Gulfstream.

        • Bev

          YAY. I saw that! AND I’ve seen many video’s of Chrome in Miami since. Alan walking him into the barn and his stall 2. Him looking around checking the whole scene out. I noticed he can SEE out side shed row so he was very curious looking around. Ears right up. LOL He looked great. I get nervous when any horse has to fly. Even as safe as it is now a days. ugh CC seemed fine. Didn’t do anything SASSY walking to the barn. LOL. haha I love when he struts. That song by one of my favorite groups ZZTop comes to mind. Love to see him /her Strut. haha GO CHROME. Art is there too. He said they’d Walk chrome around shed row tomorrow and let him go on the track Sunday. I hope somebody video’s it for us. :)

          • Doug Chambers

            LOL.

    • Curt Muth

      The groom travels with the horse, on van rides and on plane rides, you don’t entrust these horses to anyone else, don’t forget the trainer responsibility (plane personnel have the right to inject the horses with tranquilizers and stronger if need arises).

  • Steve

    There is a terrorist style shooting at the airport where Chrome was scheduled to land, and the airport is closed, so they will have to make alternate plans plus he will probably have a longer van ride to Gulfstream

    • RayPaulick

      According to Art Sherman, the flight was scheduled to take California Chrome to Palm Beach International Airport, about an hour north of Fort Lauderdale Airport where the mass shooting took place.

      • Steve

        Thanks for the correction Ray, I got the Fort Lauderdale information from Jay Hovdey’s story on drf.com. Glad he’s not getting caught up in that mess

      • Yes Master

        He landed safely at Palm Beach airport. Arrogate was also on board with an App show horse. But police were diverted to airport for security so he did not have the police escort. Interstate 595 was closed due to Ft.L. airport shooting.

        • von Wolfstraum

          a friend owns the App show horse….the trainer, based in Fl, posted on FB that they were on the same flight….did not know Arrogate was on the flight as well…but makes sense since both coming from CA –

          • Yes Master

            Yep, I know I got the call from TB driver and Sue. The App was traveling in rare company. And BB was there as well

          • Della J Micah

            Yes Master, you have been given incorrect info. Arrogate jogged today at Del Mar on the main track, despite the wet conditions.

          • Yes Master

            I stand corrected. Three of the 4 were there. BB, Chrome and the App, and there was a 3rd horse coming off the plane. And with BB present.

      • Bev

        They did get the suspect right away. He shot 8 people. 5 Died. WHY people do this is beyond me. BUT they just wanted to keep the place closed to check out other things.

    • ziggypop

      That was south of Palm Beach by about two hours.

  • Ida Lee

    Few athletes have had the impact on their fans as much as this beautiful and sweet boy. I’m so thankful that we had him for a number of years to see him at his best as a young colt and as a mature racehorse. I feel so bad for Mr. Sherman…I can imagine how hard it is to say goodbye to such a wonderful animal…I don’t have personal contact with Chrome everyday like Mr. Sherman and I’m about to cry me a river. Good News though … I’m much closer to Lexington (4.5 hours) than I am to CA….so I’ll be seeing Chrome in a couple of months. Be safe Gorgeous ….

  • AJUKONIBEAULINAJAZZY

    Proud to be a Chromie! What a beautiful horse.

  • Delrene

    Truly a bittersweet moment – bye to Chrome in California. Sweet boy. What a great ride for all of us. Saw your video of your temporary home in Florida. Pretty sweet. We will miss you horribly. Thank you for this video.

  • Bobbie G.

    Bye Chrome. So fortunate that I live in L.A. and could see you race so many times in person. Yes, even though you’ve given us all everything you had to give I’m looking forward to you retiring at Taylor Made where you spent so many months getting your weight back after that awful year in England. Hope one day to visit you in Kentucky. Will always remember the thrills of your races and just looking at your magnificent face. Yeah, some tears were shed. Be safe big boy.

  • Guest

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  • Doug Chambers

    I just saw the documentary on Dream Alliance and the storyline had similarities to Team Chrome, although the human family didn’t appear to be dysfunctional. Everyone pretty much seemed set on trying to put the horse first, or so it appeared. Touching story. I wish they would have made it into a movie. And the horse looked like Chrome too, with a white blaze and four white socks.

    I hope they get this Chrome movie done. I do believe it will do great.

    • Doug Chambers

      Would be great if they use actual Chromies for extras too.

      • Doug Chambers

        The Cast:

        California Chrome: Dream Alliance-Chrome look alike

        Art Sherman: Anthony Hopkins-both class acts in front of the screen.

        Victor Espinoza: Victor Espinoza-If Gary Stevens can get a role in Seabiscuit, why not Victor play himself? Hope he acts better than he dances.

        Perry Martin: Robert Deniro-Stick to the serious stuff you two excel at because humor is not your forte.

        Steve Coburn: Will Ferrel.

        Bob Baffert: George Hamilton. C’mon, the similarities –
        uncanny – minus suntan for BB.

        • Lawrence R

          Steve Martin , has the hair.

  • Rosenary

    So glad that Art is getting some more good Horses. Now these big owners will see what a great Trainer he is.

  • Rosenary

    God Bless have Groom with him 24 hrs. Florida alot different then California friends.

  • Marlaine Meeker

    Remember when CC had to back out of the vans and or planes. Racing against the possum. What a wonderful journey CC, Team Sherman, and now Taylor Made created with this most charismatic race horse. I am most grateful. Best of luck to all and continued success.

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