California Chrome Illness: Updates on Horse's 2014 Belmont Status and Recovery

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2014

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 15:  Exercise rider Willie Delgado takes Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome over the track in preparation for the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Updates from Monday, May 19

ESPN's Jeannine Edwards reports that a decision has been made on whether California Chrome will be able to use a nasal strip during the Belmont Stakes:


Updates from Sunday, May 18

Following California Chrome's Preakness victory, it was revealed that the horse was still suffering from illness. ESPN, via The Associated Press, provided a synopsis of California Chrome's trainer, Art Sherman, discussing the upcoming Belmont Stakes:

Trainer Art Sherman says California Chrome might not pursue a Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes if New York officials won't allow the colt to wear a nasal strip.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner has worn one during his current six-race winning streak after co-owner Perry Martin suggested it. Sherman said Sunday he will talk to New York racing officials and the horse's owners.

Jennie Rees of The Courier-Journal provided this from the New York gaming commission discussing the potential of California Chrome wearing a nasal strip during the Belmont Stakes:


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Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome had a minor health scare Thursday. Fortunately, trainer Art Sherman confirmed the illness would not impact his status for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.     

ESPN (h/t AP) spoke with Sherman about the favorite's condition. The longtime trainer confirmed they were treating a blister in his throat, and Sherman's biggest concern was making sure the horse didn't catch a cold before the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Claire Novak of Blood-Horse passed along comments from assistant trainer Alan Sherman, who didn't sound overly worried about California Chrome's ability to bounce back from the ailment:

The horse is completely fine. 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.

In the video below, Jessica Paquette explains what makes California Chrome so special:

California Chrome entered his No. 3 post Saturday as the clear favorite in the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes. The illness didn't sound like anything more than a brief scare for his connections at this time.

If anything, it provides a glimmer of hope for all the other contenders. California Chrome is a step above the rest of the current three-year-old crop. Should he be at anything less than 100 percent, however, the door opens wider for an upset winner.