California Chrome Retires to Breeding Shed
California Chrome closed his career Saturday, and while it was a disappointing 9th place finish in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, his career is one for the ages.
California Chrome finishes his career with over $14.7 million in earnings as North America’s leading money winner, and the two time Horse of the Year and 2014 Kentucky Derby winner has produced the credentials and wins to command a $40,000 stud fee as he retires to the breeding shed in Kentucky.
The Taylor Made team is excited to have the two-time Horse of the Year preparing for his first season at stud, which is expected to begin in mid-February.
“We’ve had a really good response to the stud fee ($40,000). I haven’t heard anybody saying ‘You stood him too high,'” Duncan Taylor said. “We’re able to pick through the mares. We’ve had a really good response from the breeders.”
The adoring fans that flocked to the race track and followed California Chrome’s racing career was a big part of the enjoyment for California Chrome’s owner and connections.
Taylor thanked the fans who cheered California Chrome throughout his racing career.
“We really appreciate all the fans, and the people who have got to enjoy Chrome and seeing that has been a lot of our enjoyment,” Taylor said. “You really get to see first-hand how much a lot of people really love horses. You see these fans, when they fall in love with a horse, how much they actually care about them; it’s really moving and rewarding to see. And you realize how blessed you are to be around these animals every day.”
I attended the 2016 Breeders Cup at Santa Anita. I can tell you that seeing the greatest race horses in the world up close and the excitement generated at the race track from over 76,000 fans was a most enjoyable experience. But seeing California Chrome in the paddock along with Arrogate, and the fans reaction and admiration for California Chrome was a memorable moment, even if I did have a little wagering action on Arrogate to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic!
Congratulations, California Chrome. A true champion with an endearing impact on the sport.