ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) California Chrome, who won the 2014 Kentucky Derby and went on to earn Horse of the Year honors, has a bruised cannon bone that will force him out of the Arlington Million and likely sideline him for the rest of the year.
Trainer Art Sherman said Sunday on Twitter that X-rays revealed the injured bone that extends from the knee to the fetlock a day earlier.
California Chrome has been at Arlington Park outside Chicago since Tuesday, when he arrived back in the U.S. from England. He was scheduled to run in the Arlington Million on Aug. 15.
Sherman says the injury isn’t life-threatening and the horse should be fine.
California Chrome hasn’t raced since a second-place finish in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28. After that he was sent to England and was scheduled to run twice there, but he never did. He developed a reported foot bruise while at Newmarket.
Sherman told the Daily Racing Form that the cannon bone bruise was found when California Chrome underwent thorough X-rays while being checked out for a possible sale to breeders. Perry Martin is majority owner and breeder of the colt, along with Steve Coburn.
California Chrome added the Preakness to his Derby win last year, but his Triple Crown bid was derailed in the Belmont, when he tied for fourth.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Arabian Knight is off the Kentucky Derby trail.
Wagering has been suspended on the 3-year-old colt for the Derby’s future wager after owner Amr Zedan announced the decision. Arabian Knight was the second choice on the morning line behind favorite Forte for the May 6 race.
“Trainer Tim Yakteen wasn’t happy with his last work & we feel it’s in Arabian Knight’s best interest not to rush & allow him more time to develop,” Zedan tweeted. “We know he’s a superior talent & our plan is to point him toward a summer and fall campaign.”
Purchased for $2.3 million as a 2-year-old, Arabian Knight won his debut by 7 1/4 lengths at Keeneland last November. He made his 3-year-old debut in the Southwest at Oaklawn in January and won by 5 1/2 lengths.
Arabian Knight had his third workout at Santa Anita.
TAMPA, Fla. — Tapit Trice rallied from last to win the $360,000 Tampa Bay Derby by two lengths and earn qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.
Ridden by Luis Saez, Tapit Trice ran 1 1/16 miles 1:43.37. The 1-2 favorite in the field of 12 paid $3 to win. The 3-year-old colt earned 50 qualifying points, which places him in the 20-horse field for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.
Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher extended his record for most wins in the Grade 3 race to six. He already has the early Kentucky Derby favorite in Forte, who won the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream last weekend.
Classic Car Wash was second and Classic Legacy was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third.
Tapit Trice was making his stakes debut after winning two of three starts.
“Once he got clear down the lane, he really extended himself,” Pletcher said. ”I loved the way he finished up. He relished the two turns, and the longer he goes, the better he’ll get.”