59 Years After Swaps, Art Sherman Has Another Derby Horse

by | 04.05.2014 | 9:42am
California Chrome and Victor Espinoza lead wire-to-wire for victory in the San Felipe Stakes on March 8, 2014 at Santa Anita Park.

There's a lot of buzz around California Chrome this year, and rightly so. He's fast, flashy, and the crowds love him. In the Santa Anita Derby, where he will face other top three year-old colts Hoppertunity and Candy Boy, he is favored to win. He is a Cal-bred and trains at Los Alamitos – an anomaly for a popular Kentucky Derby contender. But what is most interesting about California Chrome, the Los Angeles Times reports, is possibly his 77 year-old trainer, Art Sherman.

Back in 1955, Sherman was the regular exercise rider about Swaps, a speedy Cal-bred who would go on to win the Kentucky Derby. He was only 18 years old at the time. Now, 59 years later, he has a shot at more glory on the First Saturday in May.

Times are different for Derby horses, but Sherman remains confident.

“I'm not sure about this points stuff for the Derby now, but I do know we have enough.”

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.
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