PREAKNESS STAKES (Grade 1)
Pimlico, Dirt, 9.5 Furlongs
17 May 2014
Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s GI Kentucky Derby hero California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) hit the track at Pimlico for the first time yesterday morning ahead of Saturday’s G1 Preakness Stakes.
“He jogged and he was great,” said assistant trainer Alan Sherman. “He stood out there for a while, just looked around and took it all in. He was really good.” The younger Sherman stated that the chestnut’s versatility would give jockey Victor Espinoza the ability to deal with however the race plays out. “If they go too slow in front, he’ll take it right to them and push the horses in front of him. If they are going fast in front, he can just sit off the pace,” he said. “That’s the good thing about him - that he doesn’t have one style of running. He’s pretty push-button. If you ask him he’ll do it.”
Trainer Art Sherman arrived at Pimlico from his base in Southern California yesterday afternoon. “He looks great,” said Sherman. “He’s holding his weight, which is one of the big factors. When I went back to Los Alamitos, where his home base is, on the marquee, it said, ‘Los Alamitos, Home of the Kentucky Derby Winner.’ It was really cool. It’s very exciting to have a Derby horse. You think you maybe have a shot for the Triple Crown. You don’t know. I’m the kind of guy who goes race by race, but I wouldn’t want to be in anyone else’s shoes.’”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News