Sherman to accompany California Chrome on Japan trip

Sherman to accompany California Chrome on Japan trip
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

Duncan Taylor, president and CEO of Taylor Made, said Monday that the two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome is expected to make his way from Kentucky to his new home, Japan, sometime around Jan. 6-7.

And he'll have a familiar guide during his travels.

"Well, we had Alan Sherman working for us during the Keeneland Fall Sale," Taylor said.

Of course, Sherman, the assistant to his father and California Chrome's trainer, Art Sherman, often led Chrome on road trips during his racing days.

"I couldn't think of a better person to accompany the horse," Taylor said. "They know each other so well and had traveled all over the world together. I asked, and Alan said yes."

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California Chrome, who won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Dubai World Cup, among other Grade 1 events during his career, will see his first crop of runners hit the track next year in the U.S.

In Japan, he'll stand for $36,500, the highest fee at Arrow Stud. Another ex-pat, Shanghai Bobby, arrived at Arrow Stud last year.

It has been a big year for former American racehorses heading to Japan. California Chrome is joining the likes of Horse of the Year favorite Bricks and Mortar; another Derby-Dubai winner Animal Kingdom; and New Year's Day, sire of Maximum Security.

Sherman told me there will be no other horses on California Chrome's special flight overseas. He's looking forward to spending time with an old friend.

I also asked Sherman if he'd play his "hat trick" with Chrome, who was wont to grab them right off Sherman's head.

"You never know," he said.

Meet Mary Dixon Reynolds

Mary Dixon Reynolds’ passion for horses began at an early age. She grew up riding, showing and training Arabians. The great Curlin brought her into horse racing and the celebrated filly, Rachel Alexandra, solidified her love of the sport. The amateur handicapper found beginner's luck during her first outing to a racetrack at Colonial Downs near Richmond, Va.

From a small town in the the Tar Heel state, Mary Dixon studied English literature and journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for three years before graduating at Guilford College. She shares a passion for F. Scott Fitzgerald with her favorite writer, the late William L. Nack, whose books she possesses and are well worn from rereading.

Mary Dixon first appeared on Horse Racing Nation as a guest columnist, writing articles about California Chrome, his fan base, and the great filly Songbird. She aspires to bring new people into our sport and to promote thoroughbred aftercare, recognizing that for our sport to thrive, we must take care of our athletes after they leave the track

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