06/08/2014 10:29AM

Belmont Stakes: California Chrome to rest

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ELMONT, N.Y. – California Chrome emerged from Saturday’s Belmont Stakes with a minor injury to his right front hoof and will be given a lengthy rest before a scheduled return to racing this fall, trainer Art Sherman said Sunday morning at Belmont Park.

“He’s good, other than having a good chunk of his quarter cut,” Sherman said. “We’ll get that healed up at the barn for two to three weeks, then stop on him for six or seven weeks, give him some pasture time. He needs a rest.”

That itinerary would take California Chrome out of consideration for any major races this summer such as the Travers Stakes at Saratoga or the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Sherman said his late-season goal with California Chrome is the Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

“We’ll keep him in California, get him ready for the Breeders’ Cup,” Sherman said. “It’s where he runs his best races. It’s home for us.”

California Chrome flew back to California on Sunday afternoon. He is based at Los Alamitos in Southern California.

The Belmont was the 13th career start for California Chrome, who has not had a break from racing or training since he began his racing career in April 2013.

California Chrome had won six straight races going into the Belmont, including the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes. He was attempting to become the sport’s 12th Triple Crown winner. But at the start of the race, California Chrome’s right front foot was stepped on by the left front foot of Matterhorn. He also raced in traffic for much of the backstretch under jockey Victor Espinoza and did not have the same acceleration in the stretch as he had in his prior three races.

“On the backside, he was in all kinds of trouble,” Sherman said. “Victor was trying to get out, but they kept pushing him down. He had six straight races where he got good trips. That’s part of it. You can’t blame the other jocks. They know he’s the horse to beat. But we’re here, and we’ll fight another day. He didn’t have that kick. Something was bugging him. It might have been stinging him. I think deep down, if he didn’t have a few obstacles, he would have been tough.”

Sherman said he was alarmed when he first saw blood coming from California Chrome’s right front foot after the race.

“It’s scary to see him come back bleeding from the foot,” he said. “But it wasn’t deep. It was superficial. The worst thing that could have happened would be if he had hit that tendon.”

Sherman said the Triple Crown trail was “a great ride for me.”

“I’m the same old Art,” he said. “I got up, put my boots on. Except that I did win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, and I hadn’t done that before.”

Mirjana Janzen 7 months ago
Ummmmm I don't get all the negative comments. The horse won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and other races. He is a great horse. He has earned over $3million. Secretariat and Seattle Slew and Norther Dancer and others are in his bloodline. What exactly is the problem??????
mike 7 months ago
The problem is idiots slamming him yet while wishing they owned horse a tenth as good as he is.
Charles Nelson 7 months ago
ANOTHER SUPER HORSE FALLS TO THE BRUTAL MINE FIELD WE CALL TRIPLE CROWN CONGRATS ON A GREAT TRY AND GIVE US A MATCH RACE WITH TONALIST AT 1 MILE..... MADE FOR TV, LARGE CROWD, HYPE HEAVEN..... CANT WAIT
Shibbley 7 months ago
While the horse is resting the owners (Coburn) needs to take advantage and SELL, SELL, SELL! PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE! Huge opportunity to build this rivalry and sport while the nation is still semi-alert and interested. Get out there and start selling this horse and sport and make it big and bold. The owner of Tonalist said it in his presser when he said something to the effect that this sport refuses to sell and promote itself. He is dead on. Here it is, the opportunity to build a national rivalry, if only for a few races or so spread out over the next year. Make it an event when you face Tonalist next. Speak loud and proud and get the people involved in the rivalry of east vs west. It's just a natural and another opportunity that I fear will go wasted.
Shibbley 7 months ago
Coburn should take his national stage and make lemonade from his lemons. Announce that you will go where Tonalist goes. Make a bold statement and let the world know you think your horse is better than their horse and you are out to prove it....several times. This sport is going dormant now that the TC series is over. You want revival? Then build up a rivalry! You have a national platform that is quickly going away, Mr. Coburn. Strike now while you have national attention. Speak loud and bold and build a rivalry that will last for this year and next. Look right into a camera and say "we were beat in the Belmont by a horse we believe to be an inferior race horse to ours. The only way to prove it is beat him, over and over again and we will." Geez, I would love that and I think it would it would build steam. You have to build up the game, make it bigger than it is. Get the people involved from each coast to west coast and take advantage of the natural rivalry that is already there. It just needs to be stoked, Mr. Coburn. You have a great opportunity to help your sport and your horse.
Dale Normanson 7 months ago
If you read between the lines, Sherman is basically saying the connections want no part of traveling, at least not for some time. If there is a showdown between the two horses looming in 2014 it would have to come on the West Coast and likelier still in the BC Classic. And then at that point I don't think either will match up well against the top older horses.
TEDK215 7 months ago
as long as Medal Count runs in the same races with CC I don't see his star getting any brighter. he was EXTREMELY lucky Danza checked him {MC} out of the Derby!
Shibbley 7 months ago
LOL, he will beat Medal Count like a drum in every race they face each other for now on. The horse lost by two lengths at a race distance that he or Medal Count will never face again. He also was injured, whether anyone wants to admit it or not. Medal Count, might have placed in the KD if all went right down the stretch. He was never getting to CC.
TEDK215 7 months ago
you do understand, these horses are relatively still babies right? now CC is already going to have hoof issues where as MC still has for fresh ones. go lose ur money when he meets MC. I would love to be there to see ur face when it happens again and again!
Shibbley 7 months ago
LOL! I will be there and I will be betting and I will be thinking about this silly little post then.
Rachel 7 months ago
he has no quarter cracks.....so no hoof issues. it was a cut that caused him to bleed....grabbing a quarter does not mean a quarter crack
farrightwing1 7 months ago
I can remember that Baffert did a similar thing with Point Given after he won the Belmont in '01. Then I spotted this little piece in The Times on August 21, 2001: "Point Given Enters Travers". Saratoga Springs NY, August 20: The Mid-Summer Derby got an unexpected blast of star shine today when Bob Baffert announced that Point Given was coming here Saturday for the 132nd running of theTravers Stakes. Point Given, the Preakness, Belmont and Haskell Stakes winner, had a blisering workout at Del Mar this morning, prompting the California-based Baffert to ship him East for the $1 million Travers. And The Travers was soon added to Point Given's long list of Grade I stakes wins. CA Chrome connections ought to follow a similar path, assuming CC is healthy. You guys have to make it in NY to get respect.
Shibbley 7 months ago
Respect from the east coast? CC could have won the Belmont and the TC and still gotten no respect from the east coast. It's not about who is the best when the east coast judges pound their gavel, it's about which east coast horse is the best.
farrightwing1 7 months ago
They should aim for The Travers. This Breeders Cup strategy that many have adopted is ruining Grade I stakes at Saratoga and Del Mar. Time to go back to the point system wherein you need to run your horse to build up enough points to put you over the top in the Breeders Cup. In my opinion, The Breeders Cup has been a disaster for Grade I stakes races at Saratoga, and perhaps at Del Mar, too.
jtim11 7 months ago
Owners wont sell ,as their delusional. They think they have the greatest horse of generation. What they have is a very good horse,in a lack luster year for 3 year olds,who will never eclipse the success already seen. A long layoff with a prep and the BC race is the right way forward and hopefully he does not get embarrassed to bad in that race,as his true odds in a race of that caliber would be approx. 15/1
Robert Clayton 7 months ago
Have you seen this horse race at Santa Anita? Who is the big scary monster he will have to face in the Breeders Cup? Palace Malice? I am not in any way this horse's biggest fan but if he gets there healthy and you are offering 15-1 put me down for as much as you can take
Cover2 7 months ago
That's a long layoff 4-5 months, then go a mile & a quarter, should have a prep like goodwood, but if wins, be HoY Doubt if Tonalist will win again, as 3yr old
mike 7 months ago
Tonalist will be retired at the end of the yr.
James Barry 7 months ago
or he could become Bernardini
BrianK 7 months ago
The owners will sell CC and he will never race again.
mike 7 months ago
Really? Doubt it!
Hail No 7 months ago
If they sell Chrome, that would be cowardly, for all this horse has given them. I doubt they sell him, no way..