Ex-jockey and son looking for horse racing's third jewel.
By: Drew Casey
Art and Alan Sherman, a father-son horse training team from Southern California, have been drawn into the spotlight this past week in New York and rightly so. Their horse, California Chrome, will run in tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes with hopes of becoming the first horse in 36 years to win the Triple Crown.
Art, an ex-jockey who won over 2,000 races in his riding career, began horse training in 1979 at the age of 42. He has since trained hundreds of horses and has made over 2,100 trips to the winner’s circle. After a very brief riding career in 1991, his son Alan joined him in the horse training business and the two have developed into quite the team. Aside from winning this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the two have been credited with four Grade I victories.
Both Art and Alan are confident and did not alter California Chrome’s training at all in the past three weeks. Alan recognizes that the Belmont Stakes will be a difficult race to win, especially because many of the other horses have had more time off between races. Additionally, he believes that California Chrome will be on the lead early in the mile and a half race or very close to the lead.
Hear Sean Hahner's interviews with Art and Alan Sherman below.