Trainer Art Sherman told bloodhorse.com this week that he plans to retire at the end of 2021, so as to spend more time traveling with his wife and visiting their children and grandchildren. Sherman is best known for his handling of champion California Chrome, whose major victories include the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and 2016 Dubai World Cup.
Sherman, 84, currently trains a son of California Chrome named Chasing Alchemy for a partnership that includes a group of the horse’s fans, the “Chromies.”
“About eight women own about 10 percent of him,” Sherman told bloodhorse.com. “They’re all Chromies, and they have a lot of fun. They meet all the time. Every Saturday they’re at the barn. Chrome is such a popular horse. I still get all kinds of letters. He’s been a people’s horse.”
The horses Sherman trains will likely head to the stables of his sons, Steve in Northern California and Alan in Kentucky.
Sherman served as an exercise rider and a jockey prior to his training career. Among the highlights were his time spent galloping the great California-bred Swaps for trainer Mesh Tenney, and accompanying the horse to Louisville when he won the 1955 Kentucky Derby.
Sherman has saddled the winners of 2,261 races in his career, including multiple Grade 1 winners: Siren Lure, Ultra Blend, Haimish Hy, and Lang Field.
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