Lucky Pulpit - Sire of California Chrome



  • RachelRachel Member
    “We are getting calls,” Kiser said of Kentucky farms. “California has been so good for us and we feel like we can really help California by leaving him there.”
  • After all the lack of respect Jr and team got going into the Derby I suppose I should think serious offers to buy Lucky Pulpit are ludicrous. But I'm not really surprised...if you can't make it, buy it; got a pain? Take a pill.
  • RachelRachel Member
    Theyre getting calls to buy him but they want to leave him in California. Lucky Pulpit is currently in CA. Wheres the worry?
  • KayJayKayJay Member
    Yeah, Kiser said they were going to leave Lucky Pulpit in California. But he also said the phone kept ringing......
    I think he was afraid if the $$$ offers might get to be too much to refuse. : /
    Joanna_TX is right, just breeding their horse to him isn't good enough, they want to buy the whole horse now they deem him worthy.
  • California Chrome backtracked to the eighth pole and then set out on his usual 1 3/4-mile jaunt.

    "He loves it out there," Delgado said. "Whatever he does, I just let him do. He is a rock star and I am just a groupie. He is the Kentucky Derby winner; he can do whatever he wants."

    Alan Sherman, assistant to his father Art Sherman, said California Chrome would go to the track at 6 Monday morning to jog or gallop.

    California Chrome is scheduled to leave Churchill Downs' Barn 20 about 10 a.m. EDT Monday for a van ride to Lexington and a flight to Baltimore.

  • CALIFORNIA CHROME –Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome continued his preparation for a scheduled start in Saturday’s 139th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course by galloping 1 ¾ miles over a “good” racetrack early Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.

    “He loves it out there,” exercise rider Willie Delgado said. “Whatever he does, I just let him do. He is a rock star and I am just a groupie. He is the Kentucky Derby winner; he can do whatever he wants.”

    What California Chrome wanted to do in the first part of the activity was pick up the pace when a trio of horses galloped past.

    “That’s just him,” said Delgado, who rode and trained in Maryland before venturing to the West Coast last fall. “He is so competitive that he wants to go.”

    Delgado, who began getting on California Chrome last fall, is eager to see what California Chrome will do in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

    “I think he’ll love Pimlico,” Delgado said. “It is a lot like Los Alamitos with sharp turns and a long stretch.”

    As far as any letdown from the Derby victory is concerned, Delgado doesn’t see it.

    “I am amazed at how quick he bounced back from the race,” Delgado said. “I have never been around one that bounced back that quickly. He goes out and does a mile and three-quarters like it’s nothing.”

    Alan Sherman, assistant to his father Art Sherman, said California Chrome would go to the track at 6 Monday morning to jog or gallop before making the journey to Baltimore.

    California Chrome is one of five Preakness candidates scheduled to arrive at Pimlico Monday. The Derby winner is set to share a plane in Lexington, Ky. with Pablo Del Monte, Ride On Curlin and General a Rod, while Kid Cruz is scheduled to arrive from Belmont Park.
  • Special shoes keep California Chrome's feet comfy:
  • If California Chrome reverts back to his San Felipe or Santa Anita Derby performances he will be tough to beat. If he regresses again or runs to the same speed figure he did in the Kentucky Derby he will be a highly vulnerable odds on favorite. While I'll be rooting for him to win the Preakness, I'll also be betting against him.
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome boarded a van at Churchill Downs at 10:17 a.m. Monday for the first leg of his journey to Pimlico Race Course to headline Saturday’s 139th Preakness Stakes (G1).

    Accompanied by Preakness candidates Ride On Curlin and General a Rod, California Chrome rode by van from Louisville to Lexington, Ky., where he boarded a flight bound for Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Scheduled to arrive at BWI at 1:45 p.m., the Derby winner and company are slated to receive a Baltimore City Police escort to Pimlico with an approximate arrival time of 3 p.m.

    California Chrome completed the Churchill Downs portion of his training for the Preakness Stakes by galloping 1 ¼ miles with Willie Delgado aboard.

    “Everything is perfect. I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Alan Sherman, assistant trainer to his father Art Sherman, of the colt’s stay in Louisville following his victory in the Run for the Roses. “He lost a little weight after the race but put it all back on quickly.”

    Victor Espinoza, winner of the 2002 Preakness on War Emblem, has the return mount.
  • 2014 Kentucky Derby Winner California Chrome Travels to the Preakness:
  • Lucky Pulpit sure reminds me a lot of Secretariat (minus the front sock).
  • Victor Espinoza has a cause beyond riding California Chrome to victory:
  • Trainer Art Sherman was typically upbeat Wednesday morning after watching his Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome gallop 1 1/2 miles in preparation for Saturday’s 139th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.
    Sherman spent nine days between the Derby and the Preakness in California supervising his stable based at Los Alamitos, while his son, Alan, oversaw the daily training of California Chrome.
    Art Sherman, 77, inspected the horse after flying to Baltimore Tuesday and watched him gallop under exercise rider Willie Delgado Wednesday shortly before 7 a.m. on a gray, damp, chilly morning.
    “I thought it was a good gallop,” Sherman said. “He looked around quite a bit the first time around like he usually does. He’s a very inquisitive horse. Then he took a hold of the bit and was pulling pretty good the next time around. That’s his style and the way he gallops every day.”
    California Chrome won the Derby impressively over a track surface that Sherman and his son said he tolerated. Sherman reported that the son of Lucky Pulpit appeared comfortable at Pimlico.
    “He looked like he handled it really well. It’s got a nice cushion on it, this track,” Sherman said. “It reminds me of the days I rode back here in the East. I always liked that kind of dirt. It’s different than the synthetic tracks. He’s run on four different tracks already so I don’t think you have to take the race track with him when he performs.”

    Sherman’s one concern has been the 14-day turnaround between the Derby and the Preakness. So far, he is satisfied that California Chrome is ready for another demanding test.
    “It always bothers me coming back in two weeks, like I think it does most trainers,” Sherman said. “It takes a horse a good 10 days to bounce out of a race good, but he’s holding his weight, which is a big factor. He’s eating good; he finished every oat last night. He seems to be thriving in this type of training, so I’m sure not changing anything. Let’s go for it.”
    California Chrome was measured this week and Sherman estimated that Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s homebred colt had gained 35 pounds since running in the Derby.
    Sherman’s smile widened when asked if California Chrome was the horse to beat in the 139th Preakness.
    “Well, I wouldn’t want to be in anybody else’s shoes right now, I’ll tell you that,” he said.
    Later in his conversation with the media outside the Preakness Stakes Barn, Sherman returned to the difficulty of coming back so quickly in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown against seven fresh contenders this year and in the Belmont Stakes another three weeks down the road.
    “The challenge is there,” Sherman said. “I’m not one to run back in two weeks. I know it’s a tradition, but it’s hard on the horses. I can see where they have a lot of fresh shooters; they miss the Derby and then they come for you at the Preakness. It’s going to be even worse when I get to the mile-and-a-half race at the Belmont; they’re going to have a lot of horses in the wings waiting for me there.
    “I’ve got to keep my horse happy and fresh and hope he’s in top shape. I don’t have to do much with him. He’s one of those horses that almost trains himself. He does what he has to do and you can see in the afternoon what he does. I don’t have to prove anything. He’s on a five-race winning streak. There is always pressure, but sometimes I look back at the races and he even blows my mind the way he moves away from the field – some good horses. I just keep my fingers crossed that he has a good trip.”
    Although the Derby field included a number of horses that had shown speed in their careers, the race was run in a slow time. California Chrome could encounter a quicker pace scenario in the Preakness.
    “The Preakness field is different to me because of the speed-laden horses that are in there,” Sherman said. “I’ve watched Bayern run at Santa Anita and he’s got a lot of gas. I’ve seen there are a couple of new shooters in here. Wesley Ward’s horse (Pablo Del Monte) has speed. Social Inclusion has speed. I’m just going off paper.
    “But my horse, people don’t realize, has got a little gas himself. He’s run some super races. He can go :22, 45, 1:09 and change, a mile in 1:33. He’s run that. I think I’m in just as good shape as anybody. How the field breaks away from there and where you’re at; the first 70 yards are very important to me in a race.”
    In the Derby, California Chrome beat 18 other 3-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles. The Preakness is one-sixteenth of a mile shorter with a field of 10.
    “It’s always easier when you’ve got less horses. It’s less traffic,” Sherman said. “But with his style, if he comes away from the gate in good shape – there are three speed horses in here and he likes a target to run at – I really think that with good racing luck he should be in a position where he’ll be in the clear.”
    As for the prospect of running his horse on a wet track – there is rain in the forecast for Friday –Sherman said he is not concerned.
    “I’m not going there until I see the racetrack, but knowing this horse, I don’t really think the racetrack is going to have a lot to do with it,” Sherman said. “He seems to handle just about everything that we’ve tried. I’m from the old school. If you’ve got a horse that can run, he runs on anything: grass, dirt. A runner is a runner. You can’t make excuses about racetracks.”
    California Chrome is scheduled to gallop Thursday at 6:45 a.m. Sherman, who has plans to school his Derby winner in the gate and the paddock, will be available to the media between 7:30 and 8 a.m.
  • KetaKeta Member
    edited May 2014
    A Pedigree Story Made for Hollywood
    Mahubah's Corner Pedigree Weekly The Blood-Horse
    By Avalyn Hunter May 15, 2014
    In a hackneyed Hollywood formula for a racing movie, an ordinary man buys a cheap mare, breeds her to a little-known stallion, puts the resulting colt in the care of a down-on-his-luck trainer, and wins the Kentucky Derby. No movie studio would buy such a shopworn screenplay. But tweak the manuscript just a little, and you have the real-life story of California Chrome. The son of an $8,000 mare and a stallion that stood for $2,500 in the year of his conception, the flashy chestnut became the first California-bred since Decidedly in 1962 to win the Run for the Roses.
    Seattle Slew & A.P. Indy are in California Chrome's pedigree
  • Trainer of Derby Winner's Sire Talks of Similarities Between Lucky Pulpit & California Chrome:
  • California Chrome: Groom Raul Rodriguez:
  • TVG on-site at the Preakness - talking to California Chrome rider:
  • is california chrome a gelding??
  • KayJayKayJay Member
    No, he is NOT a gelding.
  • RachelRachel Member
    Theres a picture on his facebook where that is blatantly obvious lol
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