Taylor Made Welcomes California Chrome Colt

California Chrome colt foal
A California Chrome colt has been born this month and is the first foal for the legendary champion

Taylor Made Stallions has three new foals out of well regarded winners, including a California Chrome colt. Mshawish and Not This Time were the other two retirees to produce their first foals as well. All are healthy and being nursed on site towards maturity.

As the son of a two-time Horse of the Year, big things will be expected of this newly born California Chrome colt. The now retired seven-year-old made $14,752,650 over the course of a 27 race career where he went 16-4-1. His final three races included a runner-up finish behind Arrogate in an absolutely thrilling 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic, a win in the 2016 Winter Challenge Stakes and a crushing 9th place finish as the favorite in the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup in 2017.

Not This Time also produced a foal with a stud fee of $15,000. Many will remember this horse for finishing second to Classic Empire in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The colt, who is now just four years old, was forced in to retirement due to injury but flashed some incredible potential. There will be lineups to tap in to his bloodline for sure, especially given the asking price.

Mshawish went 8-2-1 over 24 starts and is an eight-year-old older horse who most notably won the 2015 Gulfstream Park handicap and the 2016 Donn Handicap. He stands for $15,000 also.

California Chrome now stands at Taylor Made Stallions for a mere $40,000 which is a bargain for a horse as accomplished as he is. However, his pedigree is not overwhelmingly persuasive. His father Lucky Pulpit went 3-5-5 in 22 starts and won just over $209K during a lengthy career. It will be interesting to see which connections are interested in breeding a California Chrome colt or filly when you can get him for less than a quarter of the price that American Pharoah is demanding on the market.

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