X-rays following California Chrome’s final race were all clear and he has now settled into post-racing retirement life at Taylor Made Farm upon arrival on January 29.
Pegged as a favorite to win the $12 million Pegasus Word Cup Invitational Stakes (gr. I), California Chrome finished a disappointing ninth and trainer Art Sherman said he suffered slight swelling in his right knee. To be safe, they ordered x-rays, but no injury was found.
“They thought that when he jogged he may have been a little off in the right front, and they thought there might have been a little heat in his right knee,” said Duncan Taylor. “We’ve been X-raying him after every race, so we went ahead and did a full set of X-rays and everything looks good. There’s not any problem there.”
California Chrome is on schedule for his breeding season, said Taylor.
“He’s settling in good, he’s been out in his paddock and everything is going good so far,” said Taylor. “You know it feels great, the idea that he’s coming here has already sunk in.”
The two-time Horse of the Year is expected to begin his stud life in the middle of February. He retired as the leading North American earning horse, having won $14,752,650 during his career. A majority of his earnings came from ten graded takes wins, which included seven group/grade I wins.
“We’ve had a really good response to the stud fee ($40,000). I haven’t heard anybody saying ‘You stood him too high,'” said Taylor. “We’re able to pick through the mares. We’ve had a really good response from the breeders.”
Taylor also wanted to thank the fans for supporting California Chrome throughout the years:
“We really appreciate all the fans, and the people who have got to enjoy Chrome and seeing that has been a lot of our enjoyment. You really get to see first-hand how much a lot of people really love horses. You see these fans, when they fall in love with a horse, how much they actually care about them; it’s really moving and rewarding to see. And you realize how blessed you are to be around these animals every day.”