Trainer Art Sherman of California Chrome fame set for retirement

Trainer Art Sherman of California Chrome fame set for retirement
Photo: Mike Kane, Maryland Jockey Club

Art Sherman, who is best known for training California Chrome to a win in the 2014 Kentucky Derby and two Horse of the Year awards, is retiring at the end of the year. The 84-year-old trainer told Blood-Horse this week he plans for the horses currently under his care to be transferred to his two sons, Steve Sherman and Alan Sherman. 

Art Sherman, 84, became the oldest trainer in history to win the Kentucky Derby when California Chrome prevailed as the favorite in the 2014 run for the roses. At 77, he was one year older than Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham was when Sunday Silence won the 1987 Kentucky Derby. California Chrome's win under the twin spires came 59-years after Sherman was associated with another Kentucky Derby winner -- Swaps. Sherman was a regular exercise rider for the California-bred. 

According to Equibase statistics, Sherman has saddled 2,261 winners since 1979 with purse earnings of more than $45.3 million. In addition to California Chrome, he has conditioned eight other graded-stakes winners including Grade 1 winner Siren Lure, Ultra Blend, Langfield and Haimish Hy.

Sherman told Blood-Horse his retirement plans include traveling with his wife Faye and visiting family. He also plans to do some bloodstock work on a limited basis. 

"I got a lot of people I know all over the country," Sherman told Blood-Horse. "I've never been to Ruidoso (Downs). I've got a friend who used to own a piece of 'Chrome,' and he's been inviting me every year. That's on my bucket list—to go for the All American Futurity."

In 2021, Sherman has had 39 starters with a record of 2-3-3 and earnings of $121,780. 

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