Like his father, Alan Sherman is a former jockey, though he jokes he "ate himself" out of that line of work and into his size 9 feet after only a few years.
On the back of a horse or not, being at the track was never up for negotiation as to what Alan Sherman's career path would ultimately involve. Having previously worked under Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham, Alan Sherman began working for his father in 1991, helping to oversee an operation that has had from 25 to 30 horses to as many as 100 at one point.
While the emergence of California Chrome has highlighted the old-school horsemanship Art Sherman possesses, the success of the son of Lucky Pulpit is an equal testament to how much the boy whose father used to catch sleeping in horses' stalls has honed his own craft.
Since the California Chrome wave hit, Alan Sherman says he and his father have picked up a few more clients and that he would like to get the barn back up to about 30 horses again.