The life of California Chrome remains a busy one as the beloved fan favorite continues to breed and enjoy the lush life of a stallion at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky. The two-time Horse of the Year in 2014 and 2016 has just returned from a trip to Chile in the southern hemisphere where he did what studs do.
California Chrome finished 2nd in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic to Arrogate and then fell to a disappointing 9th place in the 2017 Pegasus World Cup during his final outing as a competitor. But his second career has gotten off to a brilliant start already.
“He was a pretty big hit down there, and a big lift for their breeding industry,” said Travis White of Taylor Made Farm. “They had big open houses and fan days that attracted the media.”
California Chrome was bred to 110 mares while standing at Oussama Aboughazale’s Sumaya Stud located in Santiago, Chile. A farm was built for him and reps who oversee his breeding also stay with him in an apartment so they can monitor his health during the entire process.
The return to Taylor Made Farm will see California Chrome cover 145 mares on a packed schedule through 2018. He will charge a modest $40,000 which is far less than the $75,000 fee for Arrogate or the six-figure fees for American Pharoah, Malibu Moon, Uncle Mo or Tapit. Part of the reason for Chrome’s lesser fee is that his pedigree isn’t as celebrated. All he needs is a few successful offspring, and considering how much volume he’s generating in the breeding market it wouldn’t a surprise to see some of his colts rattling the top of the boards in 2021.
The $6.5 million return that California Chrome will generate in 2018 alone while standing at Taylor Made Farm doesn’t include his return to Chile at the end of the breeding season. He made $14.75 million as a racehorse and will match that easily in his first three years as a stud. It’s quite a career, but then again, California Chrome is quite the race horse.
American breeding very much needs a rebound as it was essentially gutted following the two stock market collapses due to financial difficulties by breeders. Taylor Made Farm has rebounded in the process and California Chrome is a big part of that. Gone are the days where Tapit routinely dominates the market, and with Uncle Mo producing so many competitive colts over the past two seasons, it’s only a matter of time before breeding hits another American apex.