Art Sherman, 77, Strikes Gold In California Chrome

"His experience is really showing with how he's been able to manage this horse," said Doug Burge, the executive vice president and general manager of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association. "It's not easy to take a horse from the Derby and race him two weeks later and in another three weeks have him ready to go again at the Belmont." After 60 years in the thoroughbred racing business, from stablehand to exercise rider to jockey to trainer, Sherman returns to his native New York, with history on the line. Sherman was born in Brooklyn, just 20 miles from Belmont Park before moving when he was 6. It's come full circle for Sherman. And to nobody's surprise, it's easy to pinpoint Sherman's favorite part of his journey with California Chrome. It's not the extra money or the long-awaited-for fame; it's watching the horse. "My favorite thing has just been watching him run good," Sherman said. "I've been around a long time and never had an opportunity to have a horse like this. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/horses/2014/06/04/art-sherman-strikes-gold-in-chrome/9988943/