The possible new shooters include Pablo Del Monte, whose owners decided not to run in the Derby; Federico Tesio winner Kid Cruz; Illinois Derby winner Dynamic Impact; Bayern, trained by Bob Baffert; and Social Inclusion, who ran third in the Wood Memorial.
Like his trainer, California Chrome typically stays close to home. The colt made his first trip out of state to run in the Derby. Sherman built a low-key but respected training operation first in the San Francisco Bay area and now in the Los Angeles area, but rarely travels outside the state to race.
Still, he and his horse impressed some of racing’s big-name trainers.
“I thought he reflected Art Sherman,” trainer Steve Asmussen said about California Chrome. “He wasn’t overwhelmed by the situation, did what he did and went about his business as usual and looked like a winner every step of the race. I would expect him to be able to be in the best shape in two weeks.”