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California Chrome Edging Closer Towards a Return

Added on: July 8, 2014

According to Alan Sherman, Assistant trainer of California Chrome, this year’s 2014 Kentucky Derby Winner and Preakness Stakes winner is progressing towards a return by then end of the month. California Chrome is a three year old colt and the offspring of Lucky Pulpit and Love the Chase.

Owned by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, California Chrome continues to recover after winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown but only managed a fourth place finish in the Belmont Stakes after picking up a minor injury to his hoof. Speaking about the recovery, Sherman said, “He's doing well; I get videos of him almost daily and he's a happy boy.”

He added, “My dad is actually going out there on Wednesday [July 9, 2014] to see him. He's put some weight back on since he's been there. It was actually almost healed when I brought him up there; I was really happy with it.” Sherman was referring to the gash which the three-year-old picked up on his right front hoof.

Before picking up the injury, California Chrome managed a six straight winning streak leading up to the Belmont Stakes on June 7th and it is thought that he could be returning to his stall and is likely to take part in a prep race at Los Alamitos Race Course before the end of the month.

“I'll probably jog him for about two weeks, maybe three, and then we'll start galloping him for a couple weeks -- probably get about 30 days of training -- and start breezing again to have him ready hopefully by the Los Al meet,” said Sherman. As soon as the wound has fully healed, the primary objective to focus on will be the Breeder’s Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on November 1st.

“Obviously there's not a whole lot of spots you can run him as far as conditions go. If it's not a stakes, it'll have to be a wide-open allowance. He'll need a race before the Breeders' Cup, though, and we'd like to get him started here at home,” said Sherman. The plan is to use Los Alamitos as a kind of warm-up for the Breeder’s Cup.

California Chrome’s major Graded Stakes wins have included the Graduation Stakes in 2013 and the King Glorious Stakes later on in the same year. In 2014, the wins so far have included the California Cup Derby, the San Felipe Stakes, the Santa Anita Derby, and as mentioned, the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby, both of which are Triple Crown classic race wins.