California Chrome stays home; no second breeding season

California Chrome stays home; no second breeding season
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

California Chrome will remain at Kentucky's Taylor Made Farm for the second half of 2019 rather than continuing his familiar pattern of shipping for the Southern Hemisphere's breeding season.

“We are excited to announce, Our Champion has earned a well deserved rest and will remain in Kentucky at Taylor Made to enjoy some extra time with his 'Chromies,' reads a Facebook post from the Nicholasville, Ky., farm.

The 2014 Kentucky Derby champion bred 143 mares during the 2019 season at Taylor Made, his third at the farm. The 8-year-old also spent the second halves of 2017 and '18 in Chile.

Fans can visit California Chrome as part of either the general farm tour or VIP stallion experience.

California Chrome was both the 2014 and ’16 Eclipse Award Horse of the Year during his racing career, which lasted from April 2013-January 2017. The son of Lucky Pulpit earned $14,752,650 over his 27 starts, making him the highest-earning Kentucky Derby winner.

In addition to his Kentucky Derby score, the Art Sherman trainee scored Grade or Group 1 wins in 2014’s Santa Anita Derby, Preakness Stakes and Hollywood Derby and in 2016’s Dubai World Cup, Pacific Classic and Awesome Again Stakes.

California Chrome's first crop of 2-year-olds will hit the track in 2020.

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