2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome will miss his scheduled run in the August 15th Arlington Million (gr. I) after being diagnosed with cannon bone inflammation that may lead to the colt’s retirement.
According to a post on the Facebook page of DAP Racing, which owns the son of Lucky Pulpit, the injury was discovered yesterday afternoon: “California Chrome won’t run in the Arlington Million due to cannon bone inflammation. Owner Perry Martin said the condition was found by x-ray late yesterday afternoon.”
Furthermore, according to a tweet from Jeremy Balan of The Blood-Horse, California Chrome will be sidelines for at least three months, and since plans called for California Chrome to retire to stud at the end of 2015, this could mean that California Chrome’s career has come to an end.
Art Sherman confirmed California Chrome is out for at least three months with a bruised cannon bone. Probably done for year, maybe career.
— Jeremy Balan (@BH_JBalan) July 12, 2015
In his most recent race, California Chrome finished second in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Meydan on March 28th. He was shipped to England to prepare for a start in the June 17th Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot, but missed the race due to a foot bruise.