Trainer Art Sherman told drf.com that two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome was a bit sore when cooling out Saturday evening, after the 6-year-old was beaten 29 1/2 lengths by Arrogate to finish ninth in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup. Upon further investigation, Sherman determined that the cause was likely a bit of fluid accumulation on California Chrome's right knee.
“It might be a chip, which we could take out arthroscopically,” Sherman told Jay Privman. “I knew something was wrong at the half. He just didn't fire.”
If California Chrome remains in stable condition overnight, he will board a plane to Lexington Sunday morning. Sherman said that he will then be examined by Dr. Larry Bramlage before beginning his stallion career at Taylor Made Farm.
Sherman assured fans that California Chrome was not “dead lame,” just noticeably off in the right front.
As of Sunday morning, California Chrome appeared sound at the walk, but a bit off at the jog, Frank Taylor reported to drf.com.
“He's not that bad,” said Taylor. “If he's sound to walk, he's sound to breed mares.”
California Chrome will be x-rayed upon arrival at Taylor Made Farm, and is scheduled to begin breeding test mares as soon as Wednesday.
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