Dual Classic winner and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) will race in 2016, trainer Art Sherman said on Roger Stein’s radio show Sunday. The chestnut was originally scheduled to run in the GI Arlington Million Aug. 15, but was taken out of contention after sustaining a bruised cannon bone. Last week, Taylor Made purchased a minority interest in California Chrome and he’s currently on their farm in Kentucky.
“He’s going to run next year as a 5-year-old and I’ll train him and he’s coming back to California,” Sherman offered. “I feel kind of at ease right now and really good about it. I think it’s all for the best, back with people that have horses and been in the game a long time. I’m so happy it turned out this way, give the horse a break, he’s going to be a really nice 5-year-old,” said Sherman. “Things happen for the best, for a reason. Maybe the injury was a blessing in disguise right now, finally give the horse a chance for a little R and R, let him be a horse. All the vets I talk to say he’ll be 100 percent sound in 85 days. I think he’s going to come back a tiger. I’m looking forward to 2016 being a big year for him.”