Trainer Art Sherman seemed a bit perplexed after his stable star California Chrome worked Saturday morning at Los Alamitos. Earning a time of 1:26.40 for seven furlongs under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, Sherman thought the time was slower than he’d wanted.
“I was looking for a little faster time, but I talked to the clockers and they said the workouts were slow yesterday,” said Sherman. “I think they dug up the track a little. I mean, it was good. He went three-quarters in 1:13.20 and out in 1:26.40. I thought maybe if he went in 1:25 I’d have been a little happier.”
California Chrome was wearing his signature gray blinkers for the first time since his Dubai World Cup victory, an indication that Sherman has long said is a cue for the horse to step up his game.
“As long as he comes back sound and everything, we’ll work again next Saturday,” Sherman continued. “The final workout will be on the 16th down at Del Mar.”
The next scheduled start for the striking chestnut is the July 23 G2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar.
Watch the workout here:
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