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77 Year Old Art Sherman Seeks His Own Derby Win

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Art Sherman knows what it's like to be at the Kentucky Derby with a brilliant colt that wins the race.

He just hasn't done it in 59 years.

In 1955, Sherman was an 18-year-old exercise rider for Swaps, a California-bred chestnut colt who beat Nashua to wear the garland of roses on the first Saturday in May.

 Now at 77 year old, he is a trainer but he dreams of bringing in his own victory at the Kentucky Derby.  Sherman is bringing his own California-bred chestnut to Churchill Downs, where California Chrome is the likely favorite.

The colt with the modest pedigree and impressive resume traveled outside his home state for the first time Monday. He flew to Churchill Downs, where he'll start getting used to the surface with a jog Tuesday.

California Chrome has won his last four races by a combined 24 ¼ lengths.

“He's a very special horse,” says Sherman.

Sherman has never trained a horse in The Kentucky Derby but he is still chasing the dream.

"I call myself the poor man's trainer. I got a lot of friends who have partnerships and it's great. You know, I don't have high expectations of winning all the big races and stuff I just like to win my share have fun and at this stage of my life. I said gee I have to wait 77 years to get this so it's been a long time coming,” says Sherman.

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