BALTIMORE (AP) — If trainer Art Sherman coughed, no one would care. When his horse coughs, that's news.
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome coughed after training Thursday, leaving open the possibility the horse wouldn't be in top shape for Saturday's Preakness.
Sherman's veterinarian discovered that the colt had a small blister in his throat. Nothing a little mouthwash couldn't fix.
"California Chrome is fine. His throat is fine. He had a little tickle," said assistant trainer Alan Sherman, Art's son. "He is not scratching from the Preakness. He is fine. I don't know why it was blown out of proportion."
California Chrome is being treated with a glycerin throat wash.
Now that you know that, here are five more things to ponder about the Preakness:
BAD TRIP: Whether it's a crowded field or just bad luck, Ride On Curlin can't seem to get a smooth trip around the track.
Trainer Billy Gowan bemoaned the unfortunate situation and remained hopeful that a reversal of fortune would improve his seventh-place finish in the Derby.
"We just have to get a good trip," Gowan said. "I think he's a good horse. I think that's all we need. And if Chrome stubs his toe a little bit, well that would help."
This is the first Preakness for Gowan, whose horse will be attempting to get into the winner's circle for the first time in five races since Jan. 14.
"There's only one chance to run in the Preakness," Gowan said. "The Derby didn't take much out of him. He's given me all the signs he wants to run."
ONE IS THE LONELIEST: Dynamic Impact won the Illinois Derby from the No. 1 post position, and that's where he will be starting Saturday.