Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is not just the pride and joy of California but of the horse division of Harris Farms in Coalinga, where the son of Lucky Pulpit was born and raised and where his sire stands.
According to Dave McGlothlin, the farm's general manager, Lucky Pulpit's popularity skyrocketed this year after California Chrome's emergence as a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby.
“Lucky Pulpit has been a very popular stallion with California breeders for several seasons,” said McGlothlin. “He has 66 2-year-olds and 75-plus yearlings. This year he is currently booked to 124 mares and his book is closed.
“Prior to the San Felipe, he was booked to about 115 mares at the advertised fee of $2,500. After his victory in that race, the fee moved to $10,000 and an additional nine mares were booked. We have had numerous inquiries regarding availability, but his book is now closed.
“He is a true professional in the breeding shed and does an exceptional job settling his mares, thus allowing the large book. He will cover mares until July 1.”
On Saturday, the farm staff took some time off to watch Lucky Pulpit's most famous offspring make a successful Run for the Roses, becoming the first California-bred since Decidedly in 1962 to win. Someone had the foresight to videotape the horse division crew watching the Derby telecast and California Chrome's thrilling victory. McGlothlin (with mustache, standing on the left side of the group) is among the celebrants. Farm owner John Harris was at Churchill Downs.
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