- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - In a story April 28 about the Kentucky Derby, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Not For Love as the dam of California Chrome. The dam is Love the Chase.

A corrected version of the story is below:

California Chrome has 77-year-old trainer dreaming

Ready for a Derby winner at 77, trainer Art Sherman senses golden finish for California Chrome

By BETH HARRIS

AP Racing Writer

Art Sherman knows what it’s like to be at the Kentucky Derby with a brilliant colt that wins the race.

He just hasn’t done it in 59 years.

In 1955, Sherman was an 18-year-old exercise rider for Swaps, a California-bred chestnut colt who beat Nashua to wear the garland of roses on the first Saturday in May.

“I was just a kid then and just glad to be learning,” he said.

Now he’s 77 and bringing his own California-bred chestnut to Churchill Downs, where California Chrome is the likely favorite.

The colt with the modest pedigree and impressive resume traveled outside his home state for the first time Monday. He flew to Churchill Downs, where he’ll start getting used to the surface with a jog Tuesday.

“He’ll look around and know he’s at a racetrack and feel right at home,” Sherman said. “That’s the way he is.”

California Chrome has won his last four races by a combined 24 ¼ lengths, including the $1 million Santa Anita Derby.

“He’s the kind of horse you dream about,” Sherman said.

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