It appears that California Chrome may have injured himself leaving the starting gate at the Belmont yesterday. The horse was bleeding from his right front heel and trainer, Art Sherman, thinks he caught it with a hind leg coming out of the gate. Jockey Victor Espinoza tweeted this photo of the injury last night.
My horse, Freedom, had a heel injury last year. I can confirm how very painful it is. Luckily, it’s nothing serious and he should be fine in short order.
Did it cost him the race? It’s hard to tell. Unfortunately, for a horse to win the Triple Crown everything needs to go right for them in each of the three big races.
Another photo shows Matterhorn possibly catching California Chrome as the two horses exit the starting gate.