As Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome readies to run in the Breeders’ Cup, some of his treasured memorabilia has been donated to two Thoroughbred charities to be auctioned off for the benefit of Thoroughbreds in need.
Alan Sherman, who is part of the father-son training team that helped usher California Chrome to wins in the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, donated the coppery racehorse’s famously misspelled saddlecloth to Beyond the Roses, and to CANTER California, a leather halter worn by the famous horse.
The gifts, says Sherman, were ones the great racehorse team was happy to make. “We are proud to help retired racehorse,” Alan Sherman said in an email to Off Track Thoroughbreds. “I think every trainer should try to help them as much as possible.”
The two items are up for auction this week.
And the saddlecloth is up for bid on Beyond the Roses Ebay site at hyperlinked here. By Sunday afternoon, bidding had reached $750.
Both Dacher and Hirt were over the moon with the donations.
Says Dacher, “We were thrilled to have the support of the California Chrome team and the racing industry. With the money we raise from this auction, we’re hoping to establish a surgical fund for horses who come to us with straightforward injuries, like bone chips and condylar fractures.”
The auction runs through this Friday.
Hirt, equally thrilled with the saddlecloth, says that Sherman donated it shortly after her rescue joined with racehorse owner Maggi Moss and others to secure a retirement for a racehorse the Shermans had trained years before. Cayambe was a warhorse California bred and the Shermans were his first trainers, she says.
Shortly after learning that Cayambe had been successfully retired from the low claimers, Alan Sherman called Hirt with the news. “He called me up and said he had something he was sending me, but he wouldn’t tell me what it was. When it arrived three days later, we were ecstatic. It’s one of the nicest donations to the rescue we’ve ever had. ♥