In the aftermath of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome's overpowering victory in Saturday's $10-million Dubai World Cup, author and bloodstock consultant Sid Fernando analyzes the deal that will eventually land the 5-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit at stud in Kentucky under the management of Taylor Made Farm.
Last July, the family-owned Nicholasville, Ky.-based operation bought out co-breeder Steve Coburn's interest in California Chrome and, along with co-owner/breeder Perry Martin opted to give the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner a rest rather than stand him at stud in 2015. After a second-place finish in Dubai and disastrous trip to England that resulted in a lengthy freshening for California Chrome, the horse's stud fee would have been about $15,000, Fernando estimated. If he can add one more feather to his cap, the Breeders' Cup Classic, Fernando wrote, California Chrome's “sire and pedigree will take a backseat to his racetrack accomplishments.”
Taylor Made has gambled before on a California-bred runner by a non-commercial stallion when they bought into two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Tiznow, writes Fernando. Tiznow stands at WinStar Farm in partnership with Taylor Made. He said of their latest gamble on California Chrome: “to put the horse back in training and forego a year in the breeding shed, is one of the greatest bloodstock coups in recent memory.”
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