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California Chrome ready for Preakness; throat blister “not a big deal,” according to trainer

May 16, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

California Chrome chillaxing after an April morning workout at Los Alamitos
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
Marylanders were quick to blame it on the “pollen vortex,” but when California Chrome started coughing after a morning jog on Thursday, the problem was not in the air, it was in his throat—Cal has a small throat blister.

The training team had him scoped and did bloodwork just to be on the safe side. "The horse is completely fine," said Alan Sherman, assistant trainer to Art Sherman. "His bloodwork came back perfect.

“The blister isn't going to affect him at all,” Sherman continued. :”The vet said there were absolutely no other problems, nothing else going on.

"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.”

California Chrome is being treated with a glycerin throat wash to coat the irritated area.


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