California Chrome arrives in Louisville for the Derby. Photo - Claire Novak
From The Bloodhorse:
“The most special thing about the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner as a youngster? He never got sick, never got hurt, never did anything bad. First to the feed tub and first to the fence, the young colt got along well with his fellow pasture mates and liked to outrun them. And he enjoyed interaction with his people. Although he wasn’t the biggest colt in the pasture, you could say he was the brightest.”
More feel-good bits — his trainer, Art Sherman, has never had a Derby entrant as a trainer, but in 1955 he was the groom and exercise rider for Swaps who won the Derby that year. You might say he’s paid his dues.