The Fortus Files

The Fortus Files

By: Bob Fortus
May
18
2014
California Chrome was standing calmly in the Pimlico stakes barn Sunday morning, seemingly making sure that every photographer had a chance to snap pictures, before assistant trainer Alan Sherman...
May
17
2014
A professional racehorse. That's the image California Chrome projected Saturday at Pimlico before and during his run to victory in the Preakness. This athletic, chestnut colt plays the game right...
May
17
2014
Trainer Larry Jones, one of racing's good guys, is progressing steadily in his recovery from injuries incurred in a spill from a 2-year-old training at Delaware Park last month, Deidre Jackson,...
May
17
2014
Art Sherman, sticking with the race-day routine he follows for every horse he trains, sent Preakness favorite California Chrome to the track early Saturday morning at Pimlico. After jogging a mile,...
May
16
2014
The confidence of jockey Miguel Mena is a major reason he's on Dynamic Impact for the Preakness on Saturday, Norman Casse, assistant to his father, trainer Mark Casse, was saying Friday morning...
May
16
2014
Clearly, California Chrome, 3-5 in the morning line for the Preakness, has earned strong support. On a five-race streak of decisive victories, capped by a 1 3/4-length romp in the Kentucky Derby,...
May
15
2014
Before the Preakness post draw Wednesday at Pimlico, Ron Paolucci, whose Looch Racing Stable co-owns the filly Ria Antonia with Christopher Dunn, was holding past performances for races that night at...
May
14
2014
The standard drill at a post-position draw is for a trainer or owner to say – no matter what number his or her horse drew – that the position will be fine. The jockey will be able to work...
May
14
2014
A wonderful aspect of horse racing is that a little guy in the game can compete in the highest-level races if the right horse shows up in the barn. Consider trainer Billy Gowan, a quintessential...
May
13
2014
Alan Sherman's friend Jordan Olsen, who sells wine in Northern California for Ridge Vineyards, is taking a break from work to follow California Chrome. "Just cleared it with my bosses over...