Reports from Chilean media Thursday afternoon indicated that multiple Eclipse Award champion California Chrome will shuttle to Chile for stud duty during the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. La Hípica reported the recently-retired son of Lucky Pulpit will stand at Haras Sumaya, located near Pirque. California Chrome currently stands stud at Taylor Made Farm near Lexington, Ky.
According to its website, Haras Sumaya stands nine stallions currently, seven of which are American-bred, including multiple graded stakes winner Newfoundland.
California Chrome retired the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, 2016 Dubai World Cup, and earner of over $14 million. His success over multiple racing seasons garnered him four Eclipse Awards, including two Horse of the Year titles.
Taylor Made Farm distributed the following press release late Thursday afternoon, confirming reports from earlier in the day:
California Chrome will shuttle to Haras Sumaya Stud in Chile for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. The deal was brokered by Chile's Sullivan Bloodstock in conjunction with Taylor Made Bloodstock.
“California Chrome has generated a lot of interest from the Southern Hemisphere, so we agreed to explore the option of shuttling. We are very happy to partner with Sumaya Stud, and feel extremely comfortable that it's a great situation for California Chrome,” said Duncan Taylor, President & CEO of Taylor Made Farm. “This was a decision that was not taken lightly. Ben (Taylor) and I flew down to see several potential farms and did an extensive amount of due diligence, evaluating whether or not there was a situation that met a very high set of standards established by our entire advisory team and our shareholders. Ultimately, the health and safety of California Chrome, quality of facilities, experience of staff and reputation of the farm were all paramount.”
Taylor Made Stallions personnel will accompany California Chrome during his time at Sumaya Stud, and a coordination of protocols have been established by Rood & Riddle's Dr. Charlie Scoggin & Dr. Rolf Embertson and the two on-location veterinarians at Sumaya Stud, led by Dr. Carolina Rojas.
The newly-retired California Chrome is currently in the second month of his debut season at stud at Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, KY, where he is standing for a fee of $40,000 stands and nurses. This summer after the North American breeding season concludes, plans call for California Chrome to enter quarantine before shipping to Chile.
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