For the fourth consecutive day, California Chrome galloped strongly at Belmont Park. To assistant trainer Alan Sherman, the chestnut colt gleamed in the morning sunshine "like a new penny" and looked like a million bucks.
"He just keeps getting stronger," Sherman said Sunday after the Triple Crown contender went two miles for exercise rider Willie Delgado. "I can see it in his stride and the way he's taking hold of Willie that he seems to like this track. He's actually put on some weight since the Preakness. He looks so good right now."
Trainer Art Sherman returned to Southern California after the Preakness to supervise his stable at Los Alamitos. He's expected to arrive in New York early next week. Sherman said his 77-year-old father "is probably missing the horse, but I'm sure he's enjoying the peace and quiet. He's holding up well. He was getting a little tired, which is probably why he's staying at home a little longer."