Sherman: Chrome 'Perfect' for World Cup

After flying from California to Dubai, trainer Art Sherman had trouble sleeping, which allowed him to get to the barn and see California Chrome earlier than anticipated. Shortly after 2 a.m. local time March 22, Sherman showed up at the 5-year-old's stall and fed him a couple of cookies. In addition to the colt's strong appetite, Sherman liked what he saw in advance of the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-I) March 26.

"Either I'm getting smaller or he's getting bigger," Sherman said on a National Thoroughbred Racing Association conference call March 22. "There's been such a big change in him. You wouldn't recognize him now from how he looked as a 3-year-old. He's turned into a great individual."