Trainer Art Sherman, best known for conditioning dual Classic winner California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit), plans to retire at the end of the year. The story was originally published by the Blood-Horse.
Upon his retirement, the 84-year-old's horses will likely be split between his sons Steve and Alan. In addition to traveling and spending time with his family, the elder Sherman will do a little bloodstock work.
Sherman was an exercise rider and jockey prior to taking up training. He was the regular exercise rider of Hall of Famer Swaps.
Sherman's first Grade I winner was Siren Lure (Joyeux Danseur), a horse he claimed for $50,000. His other top-level scorers, aside from California Chrome, are Ultra Bend (Richly Blended), Haimish Hy (Ecton Park) and Lang Field (Langfuhr).
Sherman became the oldest trainer to win the Kentucky Derby at age 77 when California Chrome took the 2014 renewal. The Cal-bred followed with a win in the GI Preakness S. and GI Hollywood Derby that season, clenching the Eclipse Award for top 3-year-old male and Horse of the Year. Capturing the 2016 G1 Dubai World Cup, the chestnut also took that year's GI Pacific Classic and GI Awesome Again S., but was run down by Arrogate (Unbridled's Song) in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic. He took home champion older horse and Horse of the Year that season.
As of Nov. 24, Sherman has saddled 2,261 winners with earnings of $45,312,331.