CALIFORNIA CHROME 2020 Fee: $30,000 S&N

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"He is destined to be enshrined among the all-time greats in the Hall of Fame."

Steve Haskin, Blood-Horse

"Chrome was a great horse. He could handle any distance, won Grade 1s on dirt and turf, and earned over $14,000,000… That is the kind I want to train. I am looking forward to seeing his yearlings."

Chad Brown, 2-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer

"California Chrome was a serious racehorse, very athletic and that push-button type of horse we like. Our goal is to win at the the highest levels, so I can assure you we will be in the mix trying to buy a good-looking one in the yearling market."

Jack Wolf, Starlight Racing

"California Chrome is the kind of racehorse all my customers are looking to buy: one that can win going 4 ½ furlongs at 2, win the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby going 1 ¼ mile at 3, and then win a Grade 1 on the grass the same year. I am looking forward to seeing his yearlings."

Barry Berkelhammer, leading bloodstock agent

Richest Kentucky Derby winner in history
  • First yearlings of $325,000, $260,000, $235,000$230,000, $225,000, $200,000, $180,0000, $175,000$175,000, etc.
  • First yearlings purchased by Baoma Corp., Solis/Litt, Bobby Flay, Shadai Farm, Crow-Sharp Venture, Woodford Thoroughbreds, Willis Horton Racing, etc.
  • First weanlings of $175,000, $160,000, $150,000, $130,000, etc. No. 4 Freshman Weanling Sire by median—$130,000— and average—$116,714
  • Richest Kentucky Derby (G1) winner in history—$14,752,650; was once America's all-time highest-earning race horse
  • 2-time Horse of the Year in 2014 and 2016—joined Curlin as the only 2-time Horses of the Year at stud
  • 7-time G1 winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1)Preakness Stakes (G1), Dubai World Cup (G1), Pacific Classic (G1), Santa Anita Derby (G1), Awesome Again S. (G1), and Hollywood Derby (G1)
  • Broke maiden at 4 ½ furlongs in May as a 2-year-old, won 1 ¼-mile Classic as a 3-year-old 
  • Beyer Speed Figures of 119, 113, 113, 112, 111, etc. Ran negative 4 ½ Thoro-Graph—twice in 2016
  • Raced drug-free in track record-setting performance in the Dubai World Cup 
  • Linebred to Champion Numbered Account who produced three G1 performers, including leading sire Private Account. Numbered Account is from the stallion family of Woodman, Super Saver, and Not For Love.
  • Family includes leading sires ARCH, GREEN DESERT and SWAPS, and carries seven strains of LA TROIENNE
  • Bred nearly 423 mares in his first three books combined—first 2YOs in 2020
Ran negative 4 ½ Thoro-Graph — twice in 2016.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
The California Chrome Syndicate has reached an agreement with the JS Company LTD. of Japan to purchase California Chrome, subject to all the Japanese government’s quarantine and exportation requirements being met, Taylor Made Stallions announced today.
Sunday, September 15, 2019
California Chrome's fifth yearling from his first crop to bring at least $200,000 sold during the first Sunday session of the Sept. 9-22 Keeneland Yearling sale...
Saturday, September 14, 2019
After very good numbers during the first three days of the Keeneland September Yearling sale, California Chrome has his best individual sell for $325,000 on Friday...
Monday, September 9, 2019
California Chrome's second of two offerings through the ring at the Keeneland September Yearling sale brought a winning bid of $200,000 during Monday's opening session...
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
California Chrome hit a highwater mark during Tuesday's closing session of the Aug. 5-6 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale...
Monday, August 5, 2019
A colt from the first crop of Horse of the Year California Chrome brought a winning bid of $175,000 during Monday's session...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Champion California Chrome and Champion Sire Daddy Long Legs have arrived at Taylor Made Stallions, and the farm is hosting Open Houses for breeders on Tuesday, Dec. 18, and Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day to feature a viewing of the farm’s stallions for the upcoming breeding season. Food and refreshments will be served and every registered guest will receive a free round of golf at Thoroughbred Golf Course.
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Taylor Made Stallions’ California Chrome, Mshawish and Not This Time have all sired their first respective foals, the farm confirmed Sunday...
Thursday, March 16, 2017
California Chrome will shuttle to Haras Sumaya Stud in Chile for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season, it was announced Thursday...
Friday, March 10, 2017
A 59-second video featuring fan favorite and two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome romping in his paddock at Taylor Made Farm has gone viral...
Saturday, January 21, 2017
California Chrome made history on Saturday evening at the Eclipse Awards when he took home both Horse of the Year and Older Male honors...
Saturday, January 7, 2017
California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year and 3-year-old Champion male, is once again up for a pair of Eclipse Award honors for his stellar 2016 campaign...
Saturday, December 17, 2016
California Chrome bid a fond farewell to his loyal fans in his home state with a track-record performance in the $180,000 Winter Challenge Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course...
Friday, October 28, 2016
California Chrome LLC announced Margaret Hiers as the winner of the California Chrome Breeders’ Cup Sweepstakes draw on Tuesday...
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
California Chrome, racing's all-time leading money earner, was one of 14 horses pre-entered for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) to be run Saturday, Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park...
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Ownership of the World’s Richest Racehorse offers racing fans an opportunity to win the experience of a lifetime with California Chrome...
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Taylor Made Farm's and Perry Martin's California Chrome racked up his seventh lifetime Grade 1 win with another dominating performance in Saturday's $300,000 Awesome Again S. (G1)...
Saturday, August 20, 2016
California Chrome's historic perfect season continued to roll on with a devastating victory over a stellar field in Saturday's $1 million Pacific Classic (G1)...
Sunday, July 24, 2016
California Chrome and Dortmund staged a dramatic duel in Saturday's $200,000 San Diego H. (G2), with the 2014 Horse of the Year prevailing by a half-length...
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Horse of the Year California Chrome worked five furlongs in a breeze of :59.20 Saturday morning Del Mar in anticipation of his start in the $200,000 San Diego H. (G2)...
Thursday, July 14, 2016
The V Foundation, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, and California Chrome, LLC announced a new partnership...
Friday, April 1, 2016
Did California Chrome’s victory in the Dubai World Cup assure him a place in racing’s Hall of Fame?
Friday, April 1, 2016
What a change in the perception and accomplishments of California Chrome from a year ago, huh? Second in the Dubai World Cup, he was then taken from the popular trainer that had developed him and sent to Newmarket to prepare for ...
Saturday, March 26, 2016
California Chrome’s illustrious career reached new heights at Meydan on Saturday with a tremendous victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1)...
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Taylor Made Farm’s and Perry Martin’s 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome drew post 11 of 12 for Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1)...
Thursday, February 25, 2016
California Chrome completed his Dubai World Cup (G1) preparations with a very easy victory in Thursday’s Trans Gulf Electromechanical Trophy S...
Sunday, January 31, 2016
California Chrome recorded his first timed workout at Meydan Racecourse on Jan. 30, going four furlongs in :48 2/5...
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Looking every bit like the champion he is, California Chrome’s powerful stretch run carried the 5-year-old to clear victory in Santa Anita Park’s $200,000 San Pasqual S. (G2)...
Friday, January 8, 2016
Perry Martin and Taylor Made Farm’s California Chrome will make his much-anticipated first start of 2016 in Saturday’s $200,000 San Pasqual S. (G2)...
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
On the heels of his 2016 comeback in Saturday’s San Pasqual S. (G2) at Santa Anita Park, Taylor Made Stallions launched the new official home on the web for California Chrome Wednesday at
Saturday, January 2, 2016
California Chrome left his onlookers amazed following a six furlong breeze in 1:10.04 under Victor Espinoza at Santa Anita just before Saturday's first race...
Friday, January 1, 2016
California Chrome knows the drill. It starts with horse cookies...
Saturday, November 21, 2015
2014 Horse of the Year continued his 2016 campaign preparations with a solid three furlong work Nov. 21 at Los Alamitos Race Course, getting the distance in :37 3/5 seconds...
Friday, July 17, 2015
Taylor Made has acquired Steve and Carolyn Coburn’s ownership interest in reigning Horse of the Year and dual Classic winner California Chrome...



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Mating Recommendations for CALIFORNIA CHROME

By: Alan Porter

A Horse of the Year and Champion Three-Year-Old, California Chrome is from the male-line of sire of sires Pulpit, and from the female line that has produce major sires Arch and Green Desert. His dam is inbred to a three-quarters sister and brother out of Champion Numbered Account, an outstanding runner and producer who is herself closely inbred to the family of La Troienne, the most important mare imported into the U.S. in the 20th century. Like two-time Champion Sire Tapit, California Chrome is a product of the Pulpit/Mr. Prospector cross, and he’s also bred on very similar lines to the dam of Super Saver.

The Pulpit/Deputy Minister cross has produced such as grade one winners Tapizar and Frosted, and California’s Chrome’s sire has stakes winners out of mares by Deputy Minister sons Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper) and Dehere (whose son, Graeme Hall is also broodmare sire of a Pulpit line graded winner), and the Pulpit line has also worked over Deputy Minister through Silver Deputy and Touch Gold (who should be a particularly good fit).

Deputy Minister is a son of Northern Dancer, and the Storm Cat branch of that line has enjoyed exceptional success under Pulpit, with six grade one scorers. The cross has produced stakes winners out of mares by Forestry (whose son, Discreet Cat, would be very interesting); Giant’s Causeway and his brother, Freud; Tale of the Cat (who gives inbreeding to Pulpit’s family), Tabasco Cat (broodmare sire of two Pulpit line grade one winners), Hennessy (broodmare sire of two Pulpit line grade one winners, and sire of Johannesburg, who gives inbreeding to the family of Pulpit); Harlan’s Holiday, Menifee, and their sire Harlan; Forest Wildcat; Sir Cat (who is very clever here); and Catienus. It would also be interesting to introduce Storm Cat through Stormy Atlantic and Stomin Fever, who both give inbreeding to Seattle Slew, who is also in California Chrome’s male-line; Bernstein, who is a brother to the dam of Pulpit line grade one winner, Sky Mesa; Bluegrass Cat (who appears very clever); Easing Along; Pure Prize; and Yankee Gentleman.

Out of mares from the Danzig branch of Northern Dancer, Pulpit and his sons have developed a strong affinity for mares by Belong to Me. There are also Pulpit line stakes winners out of mares by Boundary and Danzig Connection (who might fit well here), and War Front, who has crossed very well over Pulpit mares, is also worth considering. Green Desert is less commonly found in North America, but could work well.

From daughters of the Sadler’s Wells horse, El Prado, there are two stakes winners, including grade one winner Laragh. This would suggest trying mares by El Prado sons Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller.

Wild Again is by Icecapade – a three-quarters relative to Northern Dancer – and there are eight stakes winners, three grade one, on cross of Pulpit line stallions over Wild Again line mares. Sources of Wild Again include Wild Rush, Offlee Wild (giving inbreeding to Seattle Slew), Milwaukee Brew and Whiskey Wisdom.

Pulpit is out of a mare by Mr. Prospector, but he, his sons and grandsons have already sired at least 35 graded stakes winners when crossed back over Mr. Prospector line mares. California Chrome’s sire is from the immediate family of Unbridled’s Song, and there have been three graded stakes winners on a Pulpit/Unbridled’s Song cross. Unbridled’s Song is by Unbridled – broodmare sire of Pulpit’s son, Tapit – from the Fappiano branch of the Mr. Prospector line. Sons of Unbridled’s Song include First Defence (giving inbreeding to Seattle Slew), Rockport Harbor, Dunkirk (giving inbreeding to A.P. Indy), Half Ours (sire of stakes winner out of Pulpit mare), Old Fashioned and Zensational. It is also possible to bring in Unbridled through Empire Maker and Broken Vow. Other branches of Fappiano that have found success under under Pulpit line stallions include Quiet American (grandsire of Midnight Lute); Cryptoclearance – broodmare sire of a Pulpit line grade one winner – and his son, Victory Gallop, which suggests trying daughters of Candy Ride; and Rubiano.

Other branches of Mr. Prospector to enjoy success under Pulpit are Carson City, Forty Niner, Gone West, Seeking the Gold, Gulch (sire of Thunder Gulch) and Smart Strike. In addition to a trio of stakes winners out of mares by Carson City himself, there is also a stakes winner out of a mare by that horse’s son, Boone’s Mill, with other sources including City Zip, Cuvee (who is from a family that has worked very well under Pulpit), Five Star Day and Good and Tough. The Forty Niner strain has worked under Pulpit through Distorted Humor (who is broodmare sire of a Pulpit line grade one winner, and who fits well here), Editor’s Note (broodmare sire of a Pulpit line grade one winner), Twining, Coronado’s Quest, Banker’s Gold, and should also work through Gold Fever, Gold Case (who would be very interesting), Roar, Luhuk and Trippi. Pulpit line has sired stakes winners out of mares descending from Gone West through Grand Slam (a good fit here), Mr. Greeley, and Elusive Quality and his son, Smarty Jones. The Pulpit cross with Seeking the Gold mares has been very strong, and would work well through Cape Town (a reverse cross to California Chrome), Mutakddim (a reverse cross to California Chrome, and closely relative to California Chrome’s broodmare sire) and Petionville. Mr. Prospector also appeals through Fusaichi Pegasus and Lemon Drop Kid (another reverse cross to California Chrome).

The cross of Pulpit line stallions over mares from the Relaunch branch of In Reality has produced stakes winners out mares by Honour and Glory and Bertrando, and would be particularly interesting here through daughters of Tiznow.

The cross of Pulpit and sons with Roberto line mares has performed only in line with opportunity, but it could be worth trying California Chrome with mares descending from Roberto through Arch, who gives inbreeding to Danzig, and who is from California Chrome’s own female line.

There are also has two stakes winners, one graded, by Pulpit line stallions out of mares by In Excess and another out of a mare Indian Charlie.


  • Aldebaran
  • Any Given Saturday
  • Arch
  • Archarcharch
  • Bluegrass Cat
  • Bodemeister
  • Brethren
  • Broken Vow
  • Cal Nation
  • Cape Town
  • Cherokee Run
  • Discreet Cat
  • Dubai Millennium
  • Empire Maker
  • Exchange Rate
  • Frankel
  • Grindstone
  • Hight Cotton
  • Lemon Drop Kid
  • Midshipman
  • More Than Ready
  • Mutakddim
  • Pioneerof The Nile
  • Proud Citizen
  • Revolutionary
  • Scat Daddy
  • Seeking The Gold
  • Stormy Atlantic
  • Super Saver
  • Tale Of The Cat
  • Tapit
  • Unbridled
  • Unbridled's Song
  • Uncle Mo
  • Verrazano
  • Warrior's Reward


Dosage: {A4} DP = 7-9-14-0-0 (30) DI = 3.29   CD = 0.77

CALIFORNIA CHROME modified: 11/18/2019

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California Chrome Progeny

Performance Record for CALIFORNIA CHROME

Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd (SP) 3rd (SP) Earned
2 7 3 (2) 1 0 $214,850
3 9 6 (6) 0 1 (1) $4,007,800
4 2 0 2 (2) 0 $2,100,000
5 8 7 (6) 1 (1) 0 $8,180,000
6 1 0 0 0 $250,000
Totals 27 16 (13) 4 (3) 1 (1) $14,752,650

Won at 2
  • Graduation S. at Del Mar (5.5f, defeating Moving Desert, Gangnam Guy, Better Bet, Solid Wager, Willie B Awesome, Betting McCann Can).
  • King Glorious S. at Hollywood Park (7f, by 6 1/4 lengths, defeating Life Is a Joy, Pray Hard, Better Bet, Convoy, Aotearoa, Tizouttasight, Alpine Luck, Ghost of Harrenhal, Smoove It).
  • A maiden special weight race at Hollywood Park (4.5f, defeating, Charisma Code, Natural Stride, Better Bet, Salt Power, Bushwacked, Awesome T, Tenacity, Win Wish).
Won at 3
  • Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (G1, 10f, defeating Commanding Curve, Danza, Wicked Strong, Samraat, Dance With Fate, Ride On Curlin, Medal Count, Chitu, We Miss Artie, General a Rod, Intense Holiday, Candy Boy, Uncle Sigh, Tapiture, Harry’s Holiday, Vinceremos, Wildcat Red, Vicar’s in Trouble).
  • Preakness S. at Pimlico (G1, 9.5f, defeating Ride On Curlin, Social Inclusion, General a Rod, Ring Weekend, Pablo Del Monte, Dynamic Impact, Kid Cruz, Bayern, Ria Antonia) 105 Beyer.
  • Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita (G1, 9f in 1:47.52 - the fastest time since Indian Charlie, by 5 1/4 lengths, defeating Hoppertunity, Candy Boy, Dublin Up, Big Tire, Rprettyboyfloyd, Friendswith K Mill, Schoolofhardknocks) 107 Beyer.
  • Hollywood Derby at Del Mar (G1, 9f on the turf, defeating Lexie Lou, Talco, Sawyer’s Hill, Cabral, Flamboyant).
  • San Felipe S. at Santa Anita (G2, 8.5f in 1:40.59 - second-fasted time in the history of the race, by 7 ¼ lengths, defeating Midnight Hawk, Kristo, Schoolofhardknocks, Unstoppable Colby, Recanted, Sawyer’s Hill) 108 Beyer.
  • California Cup Derby at Santa Anita (8.5f, defeating Tamarando, Life Is a Joy, Awesome Return, Better Bet, Public Policy, Lucky Views, Oh Billy Billy, Electric Eddie, Aotearoa).
3rd at 3
  • Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita (G1, 10f, to Bayern, Toast of New York, defeating Shared Belief, Tonalist, Candy Boy, Cigar Street, Zivo, Imperative, Footbridge, V. E. Day, Prayer for Relief, Majestic Harbor, Moreno) 113 Beyer.
2nd at 4
  • Dubai World Cup at Meydan (G1, 10f, to Prince Bishop, defeating Lea, Candy Boy, Hokko Tarumae, African Story, Long River, Side Glance, Epiphaneia) 123 Timeform Rating.
  • San Antonio Inv. at Santa Anita (G2, 9f, to Shared Belief, defeating Hoppertunity, Bronzo, You Know I Know, Imperative, Tonito M., Alfa Bird, Clubhouse Ride) 105 Beyer.
Won at 5
  • Pacific Classic at Del Mar (G1, 10f, by 5 lengths, defeating Beholder, Dortmund, Hoppertunity, Dalmore, Imperative, War Story, Hard Aces, Win the Space) 113 Beyer.
  • Awesome Again S. at Santa Anita (G1, 9f, 112 Beyer, defeating Dortmund, Win the Space, Hard Aces, Soi Phet) 112 Beyer.
  • Dubai World Cup at Meydan (G1, 10f, defeating Mubtaahij, Hoppertunity, Special Fighter, Frosted, Mshawish, Candy Boy, Keen Ice, Hokko Tarumae, Teletext, Vadamos, Gun Pit) 126 Timeform Rating.
  • San Diego H. at Del Mar (G2, 8 1/2f, 111 Beyer, defeating Dortmund, Win the Space, Follow Me Crev, Crittenden) 111 Beyer.
  • San Pasqual S. at Santa Anita (G2, 8.5f, defeating Imperative, Hoppertunity, Hard Aces, Blingo, Point Piper, Alfa Bird) 104 Beyer.
  • Winter Challenge S. at Los Alamitos (8.5f in NTR 1:40.03, defeating Point Piper, Papacoolpapacool, Ain't Misbehavin, Avanti Bello, Presidentsky, Howdy, Wrightwood, Lucky J Lane, Unusual Meeting) 104 Beyer.
2nd at 5
  • Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita (G1, 10f, 119 Beyer, by a 1/2 length to Arrogate, defeating Keen Ice, Hoppertunity, Melatonin, Frosted, Effinex, War Story, Win the Space) 119 Beyer.