The sports channel ESPN is reporting that 2014 Kentucky Derby winner, and heavy Preakness favorite (3/5 on the morning line), California Chrome was coughing this morning and might have “come down with a cold”.
Alan Sherman, son and assistant to trainer Art Sherman, said California Chrome does have a small blister in his throat, but bloodwork and a scope revealed it to be a minor issue with no further complications likely.
“The horse is completely fine,” Alan Sherman said. “His bloodwork came back perfect, he coughed about four times today, and we got him checked out right away. The blister isn’t going to affect him at all; the vet said there were absolutely no other problems, nothing else going on.”
California Chrome is being treated with a glycerin throat wash to coat the irritated area.
“He had it going into the Derby and it went away. After he ran in there, it came back a little bit, but it’s not a big deal at all,” Alan Sherman said, noting that a throat blister is fairly common.
He compared it to a scratchy throat for a human. “I don’t know how they get them, but a lot of horses get them.”
If the big chestnut colt only has a minor throat irritation, he’ll be fine and I don’t expect it to effect him in any way come Saturday.
However, if he is indeed not 100% healthy, (sick) his connections would have no choice but to scratch the horse from the Preakness, which is now less 48 hours away, and probably not be able to run in the June 7 Belmont Stakes either.
I will be following this story closely….