Art Sherman | Trainer Profile

Trainer Art Sherman

Art Sherman was born June 15, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. His family moved to California when Art was 7 years old, and at age 17 Sherman got a job as a stablehand where he learned to care for, ride and breed horses. In 1957, Sherman became a licensed jockey. He won over 2,000 races in 21 years, and then turned to training horses in 1979.

For many years, Sherman trained 50 horses at a time. He was routinely among the training leaders in northern California since 1980, winning numerous training titles and making his name with astute claims. Sherman downsized to less than 20 since 2010, and the ‘old school’ trainer was chosen by the owners to train California Chrome, who would take him on a memorable ride winning the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. It was Sherman’s first horse as trainer in the Kentucky Derby, and made the 77-year-old Sherman the oldest trainer to win the Kentucky Derby in the history of the race. California Chrome won Horse of the Year honors in 2014.

California Chrome would continue to reward Sherman and his connections with a victory in the 2016 $10 million Dubai World Cup, and he also finished 2nd and 3rd in the 2016 and 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic. He again won Horse of the Year honors in 2016.