Preakness next for Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome

By BETH HARRIS | AP Published:

By BETH HARRIS | AP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Art Sherman has never had a big operation or wealthy clients who infused cash and horses into his stable.

But the 77-year-old trainer can now say he won the Kentucky Derby.

A day after California Chrome raced to a 13⁄4-length victory as the 5-2 favorite in the Derby, Sherman and his star horse received a stream of visitors at Churchill Downs.

"It's pretty cool, I can tell you," he said Sunday. "Beating all the big boys, and maybe they had their doubts that this horse wasn't a runner, but when you run against him you find out. He's the real McCoy, this one."

Now the oldest trainer to win the Derby and his horse are headed to Baltimore for the Preakness in two weeks, the next step on the Triple Crown trail.

It will be Sherman's first trip to Maryland since 1959, when he was a jockey at the old Bowie Race Course. He rode some races at Laurel during his 23 years in the saddle, but has never visited Pimlico.

Sherman plans to keep California Chrome at Churchill Downs before sending him to Baltimore, possibly on May 12.

"Five days at Pimlico would be perfect for me," said Sherman, who will briefly return to his Southern California base, where he trains 20 horses.

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