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CALIFORNIA CHROME – Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome is being treated for the recurrence of a minor throat irritation that his connections say will not affect his preparation for the 139th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course Saturday.
Alan Sherman, assistant to his father, trainer Art Sherman, said that the colt has a small throat blister that is being treated with a glycerin throat wash. The blister was discovered during a thorough examination after California Chrome coughedThursday morning.
“He’s fine,” Alan Sherman said. “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.”
After the colt coughed, blood work was done and he was scoped. Nothing but the blister was found. Alan Sherman said a throat blister is fairly common.
“I don’t know how they get them, but a lot of horses get them,” Sherman said, comparing it to an itchy throat for a human.
When questions arose about the status of the colt’s health,