A 'minor' setback for California Chrome's start at stud in Japan

February 13, 2020 09:01am
A 'minor' setback for California Chrome's start at stud in Japan
Photo: Taylor Made
When California Chrome wasn't part of a recent stallion show at Japan's Arrow Stud, concern grew -- and a few rumors spread.

The group that purchased the two-time Horse of the Year clarified late Wednesday that California Chrome suffered a "minor" bout of enteritis, or inflammation in the intestines, that studies have linked to the stresses of shipping. JS Company announced that since diagnosed, California Chrome was eating "very well" and improving "day by day."

The 9-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit relocated to Japan from Kentucky's Taylor Made in January. Joined on his trip by Alan Sherman, his former assistant trainer, the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner had stood for his first three seasons at stud for Taylor Made, which maintains a lifetime first right of refusal once his stallion duties are done overseas.

California Chrome's first crop of 2-year-olds will hit the track this spring in the U.S.

Once healthy, California Chrome will stand for 
$36,500, the highest fee at Arrow Stud. He's among some major former American runners added to Japan's stallion rosters joining another Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, and Horse of the Year, Bricks and Mortar, for 2020.


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