'Chrome' Back to Los Al After San Diego Win

"Congratulations, Mr. Sherman!" one exercise rider yelled out. "You're a legend, Mr. Sherman!" announced a pony rider. "Atta boy, Art," a jockey agent said as he walked by.

Walking around the Del Mar barn area July 24, seemingly everyone who got within earshot of trainer Art Sherman wanted to express their appreciation for what they experienced the day before, when California Chrome  and Dortmund did battle in the stretch during the San Diego Handicap (gr. II).

"That was a nice prep, right?" Sherman said jokingly of the head-and-head stretch duel that ended up just 0.84 seconds off the Del Mar track record for 1 1/16 miles.

What Sherman was most impressed with Sunday morning was how his star chestnut came out of his hard-earned, half-length victory.

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