California Chrome to shuttle to Haras Sumaya Stud in Chile
Southern hemisphere role for the reigning horse of the year
Reigning US horse of the year California Chrome will shuttle to Haras Sumaya Stud in Chile for the southern hemisphere breeding season, in a deal brokered by Chile’s Sullivan Bloodstock in conjunction with Taylor Made Bloodstock.
“California Chrome has generated a lot of interest from the southern hemisphere, so we agreed to explore the option of shuttling," said Duncan Taylor, president and CEO of Taylor Made Farm.
"We're very happy to partner with Sumaya Stud, and feel extremely comfortable that it’s a great situation for California Chrome.
“This was a decision that was not taken lightly. Ben [Taylor] and I flew down to see several potential farms and did an extensive amount of due diligence, evaluating whether or not there was a situation that met a very high set of standards established by our entire advisory team and our shareholders.
"Ultimately, the health and safety of California Chrome, quality of facilities, experience of staff and reputation of the farm were all paramount.”
Taylor Made Stallions employees will accompany California Chrome during his time at Sumaya Stud, and a coordination of protocols have been established by Rood & Riddle’s Dr Charlie Scoggin and Dr Rolf Embertson and the two on-location veterinarians at Sumaya Stud, led by Dr Carolina Rojas.
The newly-retired California Chrome is in the second month of his debut season at stud at Taylor Made Stallions in Kentucky, where he is standing for a fee of $40,000. When the North American breeding season concludes, plans call for California Chrome to enter quarantine before shipping to Chile.
California Chrome won seven Grade 1 races and $14,752,650 during his illustrious racing career, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes at three and the Dubai World Cup and Pacific Classic at five.