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Los Alamitos bets on thoroughbreds
Los Alamitos bets on thoroughbreds

When California Chrome arrived at Churchill Downs earlier this year, his trainer, Art Sherman, kept hearing from people around the track why his horse wouldn't win the Kentucky Derby. The knock: Instead of training at a well-heeled thoroughbred track, Sherman had chosen to ready California Chrome at Los Alamitos Race Course. "They thought it was like a quarter-horse track," Sherman said. And they were right. But it didn't matter. Sherman, back at Los Alamitos on Thursday, smiled and squinted in the sun. He sat at a table on a patio above the track where he watched the horses go by and shared laughs with friends, content knowing that California Chrome had proved...