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Kentucky Derby 2014 - California Chrome Pedigree Profile

California Chrome wins 2014 San Felipe.
Photo: Benoit Photo
California Chrome polished off his competition in the San Felipe Stakes (G-2) last Saturday.  After breaking sharply and quickly grabbing the rail position, the Art Sherman trainee dueled with Midnight Hawk through fractions of :23,  :45.55 and 1:09.94. After athletically hugging the rail at the top of the stretch, the chestnut colt received a light tap from jockey Victor Espinoza and quickly opened up 4 ½ lengths on Midnight Hawk.  California Chrome breezed under the wire by 7 ¼ lengths.  Midnight Hawk settled for second place, 6 ¼ lengths in front of late-running Kristo
The odds on favorite stopped the clock in in 1:40.59 for 1 1/16 miles.  His final time was a blink off of the 1:40.11 stakes record set by Consolidator in 2005 and the track record of 1:39.18 set by Efervescente in 1993.  California Chrome earned 50 points for his victory in the San Felipe and is in a three-way tied for third in the Kentucky Derby points standings with Wildcat Red and Ring Weekend.  California Chrome has a 9-5-1-0 ($534,850) race record.
California Chrome sire Lucky PulpitCALIFORNIA CHROME (Lucky Pulpit - Love the Chase, by Not For Love) is a homebred raced by Martin Perry and Steve Coburn.  California Chrome’s sire Lucky Pulpit spent the first half of his four year racing career in Southern California. After winning a 5 ½ furlong turf sprint maiden in early July, the son of Pulpit placed in the Generous (G-3) and Santa Catalina Stakes (G-2). Traveling east for the remainder of his career, Lucky Pulpit won the Smile Stakes (turf sprint) at Arlington and placed in two listed stakes. Primarily a turf sprint specialist, Lucky Pulpit won or placed in three of four dirt sprints and finished second at a mile over the turf.  He retired to stud in California with a 22-3-5-5 ($209,928) race record.
As a California sire, Lucky Pulpit gets mainly sprinter/milers over all surfaces and many are precocious types.  None of his offspring have won beyond 1 1/16 miles, although his sons Rousing Sermon and Woodman’s Luck placed in stakes at 1 1/8 miles.  Rousing Sermon was third in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, finished fifth in the San Felipe, and was third in the Louisiana Derby leading up to his eighth place finish in the 2012 Kentucky Derby.
Female family:
Love the Chase won a maiden claimer going a mile at Golden Gate, which was the only time she hit the board in six lifetime starts. We have to go back three generations to find blacktype in this distaff line.  Talent skipping a generation isn’t uncommon.  California Chrome’s dam has a nice pedigree. She has a Rasmussen Factor inbreeding (inbred to a superior mare within four generations) to Champion Numbered Account through her son Polish Numbers (by Danzig) and his ¾ sister Dance Number (by Northern Dancer) the dam of Not For Love. 
California Chrome’s third dam Chase the Dream (by Sir Ivor) was a stakes winning miler. She bore one stakes winner, Amourette (by El Gran Senor) who produced three stakes runners. We have to go back to California Chrome’s fifth generation to find any notable blacktype.
Love the Chase is a young broodmare and California Chrome is her first foal.  She bore two full sisters to the stakes winner; one in last year and one this year.
California Chrome pedigree
California Chrome damsire Not for LoveNot For Love (Mr. Prospector - Dance Number, by Northern Dancer) won from six furlongs to 1 3/16 miles. He was proficient over dirt, mud and the lawn. He was a solid allowance class runner and placed once in a listed stakes while racking up a 27-6-7-5 ($178,870) race record. 
The well-bred stallion has been a Maryland fixture for over a decade. Although he’s now 24 years old, the son of Mr. Prospector is still siring solid, capable runners. The old timer was leading sire by earnings in 2003 – 2006.  Not For Love is also a solid broodmare sire. Although his daughters have borne over 230 winners, few are stakes winners, and only one (Starship Truffles) is a Grade 1 winner, and while they’ve placed in stakes races at 1 1/8 miles and beyond, only one is a stakes winner at 1 1/8 miles and none have won a stakes at classic distances.
California Chrome’s second damsire Polish Numbers (Danzig - Numbered Account, by Buckpasser) was a very well-bred colt but failed to win a stakes race. He did set a 6 1/2-furlong track record of 1:14.60 at Belmont in 1991. The sprinter produced only eight racing crops, but was among the top sires in Maryland at the time of his death in 2011.   As a broodmare sire, Polish Numbers is represented by 25 stakes winners. Two, Silver Whistle (by Alphabet Soup) and Spring of Fame (by Grand Slam) are winners at classic distances, both over the lawn.
California Chrome ConformationCalifornia Chrome is powerfully built. He’s an athletic colt with a quick, smooth leg action and no wasted motion. The chestnut colt resembles his sire, with a short, muscular neck and a slightly upright shoulder nicely balanced by large, well-formed hindquarters.  A winner from 4 ½ furlongs to 1 1/16 miles, California Chrome has totally dominated his last three races by a combined 19 lengths. He’s the fastest colt in training in California right now and California Chrome could simply dominate the rest of the California stakes races.  However, California Chrome’s pedigree and physical stature indicate that he’ll be hitting a wall at 1 1/8 miles against top company and the 1 ¼ mile 2014 Kentucky Derby will be out of his range.
Conformation photo of California Chrome courtesy of assistant trainer Alan Sherman.


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Dressage, just following his tail female line alone, he goes back to Ribot daughter (Princess Ribot) who is out of a Princequillo mare~! This female line goes back to the great broodmare Countess Wanda, a female family which has produced three Kentucky Derby winners. California Chrome has some very good mares in his pedigree. Here is a discussion about them (look for the contributions of Bill from Washington, who has a lot of expertise on female influences in a pedigree): http://www.pedigreequery.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=34751 Irregardless, when all is said and done, I have a feeling that this one will write his own pedigree, so to speak on the track.
At just a glance at the pedigree, it seemed like he was lacking in stamina, but I dug deeper through the first 5 gen and discovered the female line in packed with stamina. Horses that are winners/placers at 9.5f and past: Not for Love, Dance Number, Northern Dancer x2, Numbered Account x2, Sir Ivor, Native Dancer, Nashua, Nearctic, Buckpasser, Sir Gaylord, and Vaguely Noble. I'd hardly say he is restricted by his pedigree as it gives every indication that California Chrome can make 10f.
parallel: you see two sets of paents: one pair were both athletes and the second both fatory workers. You can TELL which set is going to produce a star quarterback? The comparison exposes the fallacy: INDIVIDUALS do what they do not parents
Love CC, but have to agree with the writer of the piece. I am a peigree guy and former owner, who believes in bloodlines, and talent. CC, may possibly get a small piece of the derby, but not the roses.
Love CC, but have to agree with the writer of the piece. I am a peigree guy and former owner, who believes in bloodlines, and talent. CC, may possibly get a small piece of the derby, but not the roses.
Did this guy even break a sweat in the San Felipe?
First, this cover is completely worthless. Anyone can see he is outrunning his pedigree. Second, who taught you conformation? California Chrome is built like a miler+, and I am surprised he debuted at 4 1/2 furlongs. His back legs are long like the traditional stayer's, and they take a severe curve to his deep chest. I have never seen a sprinter/miler with a back as long as he has. His long stride coupled with long legs and what I would assume would be phenomenal lungs make for a horse who will excel at ten furlongs. Seeing as none in this group, save perhaps Tamarando, will want to go 12f, his main test is staying amped. He could be reel with Cairo Prince down the lane and still win under wraps.
  • afleet · thats the great thing about this game every looks at things differently. Make sure you fire him in the Derby · 1315 days ago
  • Sully · I gotta say, Sullivan, from my experience, 30+ years the stayers are those with long front legs. Allows them to extend their stride over greater distances of ground. Completely opposite what you pointed out. Again, this is just my observation. Just like my observation about the best sprinters have always been those that are stacked in muscular structure in their hind quarters. · 1313 days ago
follows the game and thinks the MAIN reason for the whole industry are BORING...Spoken like a perfect 30 something.
Yes you are correct. I would rather spend the time at Keeneland or CD watching horses getting ready and catching up with friends i have not seen in a while.
I will admit, the horses themselves are boring. What I enjoyed were the people. That is why we went to Calumet and Adena. They do not do tours and are more personable. Was awesome to meet two guys who are names in the industry and hear their stories/joke with them.
Sullivan,maybe 1 or 2 farms at the most. I know they must be beautiful,but after 2 i know i will get bored. I will let Boots select the farms if we go.
Get Boots to take you by Manchester, it is the one with the high steeples behind Keeneland. Maybe meet my buddy, social inclusion at its finest. :)
If i go to Turfway,i will be with Patrick.Not with the crowds
Just between me and you you would be better to go to keeneland simulcast than to fight that dump(turfway) and the crowd. Keeneland is a way better set up if you will be in lexington
Tmallios go by Donamire farm youll have to change your underwear LOL
Sullivan ,tell him how you really feel.Why are you holding back on your comments(LOL) I love the post. Do not forget the throat,everything else is almost rendered useless unless they have that asset.
Thanks Buzz but i will not know until Wed. if will be going down. All depends on Aminos pal Bluegrass Boots. If he is there i will stay with him at Lexington (where he lives) for a few days and visit all the farms. He has incredible contacts there. Otherwise it is not worth flying down for 2 days.
so true tmallios did u check out Ultimate Air Shuttle??
Can't help you there Pal. Byrne knows the riders. But if given the situation,not your friend but any young rider. They gain your trust riding the lower tier horses in the barn first. I think he is,but until he actually shows he is a World beater. You go with the experience when running for $500K
Hey tom forgot to tell u i got you a free ticket to get in if you come.

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