California Chrome on the road to the Breeders' Cup Classic
Last Updated: 06/07/14 1:04pm
California Chrome is on the road to recovery
California Chrome is reported to be recovering well from injury as connections gear his campaign towards the Breeders' Cup Classic.
The three-year-old famously won the first two legs of America's Triple Crown only to come up short in the final leg when only fourth in the Belmont Stakes.
However, it emerged that he had injured his hoof at the start of that contest but assistant trainer Alan Sherman has revealed that the son of Lucky Pulpit could return to his box at Los Alamitos Race Course by the end of the month.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner continues to enjoy his recovery from the rigours of the Triple Crown trail at Harris Farms near Coalinga, California.
"He's doing well; I get videos of him almost daily and he's a happy boy," Sherman told www.bloodhorse.com. "My dad is actually going out there on Wednesday to see him. He's put some weight back on since he's been there."
Alan Sherman, who runs day-to-day operations for Sherman Racing, said California Chrome's right front hoof gash was already better when the striking chestnut returned to Harris Farms, where he was foaled, on June 19.
"It was actually almost healed when I brought him up there; I was really happy with it," the assistant trainer said.
Once he's back in training, the target is the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on November 1 with connections hoping to be able to take in a prep race at Los Alamitos.
"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," Sherman said.
Officials at Los Alamitos expect to create a race that the colt could use as a steppingstone to the Breeders' Cup.
According to Brad McKinzie, general manager for the Los Alamitos Racing Association, the track will create a one-mile dirt race on September 20.
"Looking at the schedule, with us picking up the Los Angeles County Fair dates, one of the holes in the Breeders' Cup prep schedule was a mile dirt race, so we're looking at doing that here," McKinzie said. "We're still going over our stakes schedule and finalizing what the purse will be. Conditions will be for 3-year-olds and up.
"Art said to keep him informed because that could be a good spot for them to bring back California Chrome, and of course we'd love to have him run here."