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Belmont Stakes: Track size intimidated California Chrome's assistant trainer
Belmont Stakes: Track size intimidated California Chrome's assistant trainer

The sprawling confines of Belmont Park required some adjustment for Alan Sherman, California Chrome’s assistant trainer, before Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. “The horse acclimated better than I did,” Sherman said Thursday. “It was a little intimidating at first, but I’m getting used to it now.” Sherman’s blue hat and jacket were soaked from the sheets of rain that buffeted the mile-and-a-half course. Infield flags whipped around under gray skies. Hooves made dull, wet thuds as they traversed the sandy track. The final leg of the Triple Crown is also the longest, besting the Kentucky Derby’s 1 1/4 miles and the 1 3/16 miles at the...

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