Saturday, May 3, 2014

HRN: California Chrome: A Derby Dream Come True

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

California Chrome: A Derby Dream Come True

Goosebumps. Chills. Tears. Smiles. All of these were abundant as the familiar tunes of “My Old Kentucky Home” rang through the air beneath the iconic twin spires of Churchill Downs. 164,906 fans – the second biggest crowd in history – sang along to the classic song as nineteen young Thoroughbreds paraded before the expansive grandstand for America’s oldest continuously held sporting event, the Kentucky Derby.

Somewhere in the grandstand stood 77-year-old Art Sherman. A jockey-turned-trainer, Sherman had been here before – but not as a jockey or trainer. In 1955, he was the exercise rider for Swaps, an eventual Hall of Famer who won that year’s Run for the Roses. A California veteran, Sherman’s name has rarely graced the big headlines. Then a blaze-faced chestnut named California Chrome walked into Sherman’s life. . ."

Click here to read the rest of my newest Horse Racing Nation article.

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