Track official: if California Chrome can't race, he could make appearance at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. - Because of a foot injury, it appears California Chrome will not be racing at Del Mar this summer, but 10News has learned you may still get a chance to see the horse at the Del Mar racetrack.

After the disappointing loss at the Belmont Stakes – so close to the Triple Crown – a possible reason for the loss emerged.

California Chrome's foot was injured, clipped by another horse out of the gate.

"It was pretty deep. When we come back to the barn, it was bleeding," said trainer Art Sherman.

Sherman, a Rancho Bernardo resident, says his horse will need about two weeks to heal and then six to seven weeks to rest. That means Sherman's hopes of racing the horse at the Pacific Classic in Del Mar in late August may no longer be possible.

Sherman said California Chrome's first race back could be Nov. 1 at Santa Anita for the Breeder's Cup.

Even if California Chrome does not race at Del Mar, it does not mean the horse will not make a visit.

"We'd bring him here into the paddock," said Mac McBride, director of media at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

California Chrome raced at Del Mar several times last year. In a week, McBride plans to take Sherman out for breakfast and hopefully arrange for the horse to make a trip from his Orange County home to Del Mar for an appearance during the race season.

"He'd just come here, say hi to everybody, let everybody have a nice look, take all their pictures, gallop on the racetrack and then go back home," said McBride.

The owners of California Chrome have said they will not be breeding the horse yet and will continue to race him next year. McBride believes there is a good chance he will race again at Del Mar.

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