After California Chrome's ninth-place finish in Saturday's Pegasus World Cup, trainer Art Sherman became concerned that the two-time Horse of the Year had perhaps developed a chip in his right knee. The big chestnut was a bit “off” on that front leg, and had developed heat and a bit of filling. California Chrome was flown to his new home at Taylor Made Farm on Sunday, and later examined by Dr. Larry Bramlage.
X-rays taken of the knee revealed no major injuries, Frank Taylor reported on Monday afternoon.
“No injury, x-rays were good, scoped good,” Taylor said. “We don't know if he just wrenched it or strained it, but it had a little filling, fluid and heat in it. We gave him bute and got him home, and it was cold and good.
“Actually, after the race the chiropractor came back and went all over him,” Taylor continued. “He thought there was something in that knee. He kind of stretched it and worked on it and he got some relief from it, got a little pop or adjustment out of it. I don't know if he did something coming out of the gate or what he did.”
California Chrome is scheduled to begin breeding test mares as soon as Wednesday.
Late on Monday afternoon, California Chrome was allowed to spend the first few hours outside in his paddock at Taylor Made, and the farm released a video of his first steps toward retirement:
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