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California Chorme "full of himself" as he preps for Pegasus

California Chorme "full of himself" as he preps for Pegasus
Rain in the forecast forced a change in California Chrome  's training schedule in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I), but it didn't alter the standard mood on the deck at Schwanie's At The Gap Dec. 29. Per usual, trainer Art Sherman and assistant trainer Alan Sherman greeted onlookers with warmth or an occasional, good-natured verbal jab on the elevated platform of Los Alamitos Race Course's trackside grill.
 
In the absence of normal Schwanie's workmate, Quarter Horse trainer John Cooper, Hall of Fame conditioner Jerry Hollendorfer filled in as the lights turned on in the early morning darkness.
 
"We opened the track early for you. What took you so long?" Alan Sherman said with a laugh, as the well-known early riser Hollendorfer approached in a golf cart.
 
"Make sure you write in your article that I woulda worked him five-eighths," Hollendorfer playfully shot back.
 
California Chrome didn't work five furlongs, of course, but covered a half-mile in an easy :48 1/5. Although the son of Lucky Pulpit   was eager to run before breaking off to work, the chestnut relaxed under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney into a comfortable stride as the drill commenced and ran the first quarter in :24 2/5.
 

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