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California Chrome gets work

5/7/2014

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome made his first appearance on the track at Churchill Downs the morning of May 7 since winning the 140th Run for the Roses.

At 6:55 a.m. EDT, California Chrome was led from Barn 20 by Alan Sherman, son of trainer Art Sherman, with regular morning partner Willie Delgado in the saddle.

Owned by his breeders Steven Coburn and Perry Martin, California Chrome paused before reaching the five-furlong gap, taking a couple of minutes to check out the activity before going to the track. The California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit stood in front of the clockers' stand briefly and then jogged one mile.

"Good. Good. Really super," Delgado said of the morning exercise. "He went out there like he always does. He is his normal self."

Alan Sherman was similarly delighted with the chestnut colt's first appearance on the track since taking the May 3 Derby by 1 ¾ lengths.

"It went really good," Sherman said. "He wanted to train; he was tired of walking."

Sherman said California Chrome would resume galloping May 8 and maintain that schedule for as long as he remains at Churchill Downs. He will travel to Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course early next week to compete in the May 17 Preakness, the second jewel of the Triple Crown.

"I still haven't heard about the plane; whether we will go to Pimlico Monday or Wednesday," Sherman said. "I'd prefer Monday. The key now is to keep him happy."

California Chrome will take a five-race winning streak, all in stakes, into the Preakness. He has won seven of 11 career starts with one second and lifetime earnings of $2,552,650.

Four other 3-year-olds with Preakness aspirations were on the Churchill Downs track Wednesday morning for various exercises.

Seventh-place Kentucky Derby finisher Ride On Curlin returned to the track for the first time since Saturday's race. With trainer Billy Gowan on the right and groom Bridget Lambert on the left, Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin walked from Barn 47 to the six-furlong gap where exercise rider Bryan Beccia hopped aboard.

Ride On Curlin backtracked to the finish line and then galloped an easy 1 ⅛ miles. "He was 110%; all systems are go," Beccia told Gowan after the exercise.

"He will do the same thing the next two days," Gowan said. "I will probably work him a slow half when he gets to Pimlico."

Like Alan Sherman, Gowan is hoping there will be a Monday plane to Baltimore.

Kaleem Shah's Bayern returned to the track on a mild, clear morning to jog a mile under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez for trainer Bob Baffert.

Bayern, who was disqualified from first in the April 26 Derby Trial for interference in deep stretch, worked a bullet five-eighths in :58 ⅕ seconds May 5 under Rosie Napravnik. Jim Barnes, who is overseeing Baffert's Churchill Downs string, said Bayern would resume galloping Thursday and work again May 12.

"That is our usual routine to work five days out and then ship on Wednesday," Barnes said.

John Oxley's Dynamic Impact, winner of the Illinois Derby in his stakes debut in his most recent start, galloped 1 ½ miles under Marco Cano for trainer Mark Casse. Miguel Mena, who was aboard Dynamic Impact for the Illinois Derby victory, is slated to be aboard when the Tiznow colt works May 10.

Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable's Ria Antonia galloped 1 ½ miles at Churchill Downs shortly before 6:30 Wednesday morning with Maurice Sanchez aboard for trainer Tom Amoss. Sixth to Untapable in the Longines Kentucky Oaks May 2, Ria Antonia is scheduled for a light breeze Monday.