School in Session for Chrome on Thursday


California Chrome gets a bath after his schooling session today. (Photo by NYRA/Chelsea Durand) 

California Chrome on Thursday continued preparations for the Belmont Stakes on June 7, when he will attempt to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to complete a sweep of the U.S. Triple Crown.

The chestnut Lucky Pulpit colt schooled in the paddock on Thursday for the first time since he arrived at Belmont Park on May 20. He walked around the paddock shortly after 6 a.m. before standing in a stall for about five minutes.

He then walked through the tunnel and onto the main track where he jogged clockwise to the half-mile pole before beginning his usual counter-clockwise, two-mile gallop.

“He pretty much goes at his own pace,” said Alan Sherman, who assists his father, trainer Art Sherman. “Like, you see him the first time around, he's real easy, and then he hits the half-mile pole and starts to pull on [exercise rider] Willie [Delgado] pretty good. Today he was pulling on him a little more than usual.”

Alan Sherman said California Chrome probably will school in the paddock multiple times next week before his regular exercise.

“We don't do a lot of schooling in the afternoon, hardly at all,” he said. “We always school in the morning. It's just something we do. Whether it's right or wrong, I don't know. It's just the way we do it.

“I just don't like to interrupt his feeding, his dinner,” Sherman added.

California Chrome is scheduled to school at the starting gate at 6:30 a.m. on Friday. His Saturday breeze is now scheduled for 6:30 as well, according to Sherman.






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