Before the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic it was nothing but smiles from California Chrome’s connections. After an upset loss to Arrogate in the Classic those smiles were wiped away. In the aftermath of the race, California Chrome trainer Art Sherman still has plenty of faith in the 2014 Horse of the Year.
Following the loss, Sherman made his way back to his Los Alamitos Race Course home base, ready to bury himself in more work to move past the loss.
“We’ve got workers and things to do,” said Sherman. “That’s what this business is all about. You can’t sit around and cry about it.”
“He’s still a champion in my eyes,” said Sherman. “He ran a great race. They were 10 lengths in front of the rest of them. It was a dominant performance by two horses.”
One thing keeping Sherman on his toes and allowing him to not dwindle too long on the disappointing finish is the opportunity for a rematch against Arrogate. He might get his wish at the Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park in January.
“I’m gonna go with that we were just using this as a prep for the Pegasus,” laughed Sherman. “We’re gonna come back and fight.”
Sherman also had some words about the criticism jockey Victor Espinoza has been getting regarding his performance.
“We’ve been getting a lot of flack that he should have went on instead of looking around,” said Sherman. “He’s ridden him with such confidence—maybe sometimes you get too confident. I don’t think it mattered, though. I don’t think it made a difference.”
California Chrome will now rest up at Los Alamitos and prepare for the Pegasus.