2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome will stand for the first time at Taylor Made Farm in 2017. The richest racehorse in North America’s fee to stand will be $40,000 — the highest priced stallion on their roster. The news was confirmed by Taylor Made President Duncan Taylor at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. California Chrome’s initial stud fee is “fair, maybe even a little lower than fair”.
Taylor Made has already begun the process of purchasing mares: Right There for $325,000 and Uchitel for $420,000. Both purchases were made at Keeneland’s opening session under the name California Chrome, LLC umbrella.
“Our ultimate goal is, we’re buying mares at this sale, we’re studying what we’re buying and we’re going to do everything to make this horse the kind of stallion that he deserves to be,” said Taylor. “We’ve had pedigree people look at it. You never know what goes, but it looks to me that (he has) Seattle Slew in the right place in the pedigree and Buckpasser…we think Empire Maker is a really good (cross), Scat Daddy, Arch, we’ve got a bunch of them picked out.
“There is a lot you can do with the pedigree so, we’re fired up. We’re letting the breeders make money and we’re wanting to make the stallion.”
To date, California Chrome has earned $14,452,650. That total could almost double if he wins the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) — his expected final career race.
“I never want to say 100% (that is his final start), you don’t want to ever say never,” said Taylor. “But the plan is right now to retire him and breed him (after the Pegasus World Cup). Is there a 5% chance (he could return) if the right thing happened and Sheikh Mohammed said there was some outlandish figure that he’d raise (the Dubai World Cup) purse to, and he ran and vetted just perfect? And even then we might not do it. You can’t predict.
“But our plan right now, barring something unforeseen happening, is to breed him next year.”