California Chrome trainer, back at Churchill Downs for first time since 1955, basks in Derby spotlight

When old-time trainers break into the lineup for the Kentucky Derby, their gritty tales delight the public as thousand-watt lights shine on them for the first time in careers dating back to the Eisenhower Administration. This time that trainer is Art Sherman, who last worked a horse at Churchill Downs in 1955 and is back as the trainer of Derby favorite California Chrome.

Odds are, anyone can win Saturday's Kentucky Derby

Until the horses bolt from the starting gate Saturday in the Kentucky Derby, the Wednesday post-position draw and establishment of the official betting line is as close to substance as horse racing fans get this week. Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia, who has been establishing the Churchill Downs favorite for 40 years, anointed California Chrome as the 5-2 favorite.

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