01/26/2017 2:00PM

California Chrome now has a Tapit half-brother

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Barbara D. Livingston
California Chrome got a new half-brother from Love the Chase this week.

Love the Chase, the dam of California Chrome, delivered a Tapit half-brother to her two-time Horse of the Year at midnight Thursday at Atlas Farm in Nicholasville, Ky.

Love the Chase has been boarded at Atlas since selling for $1.95 million at last November’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale, where bloodstock agent John McCormack said he purchased her for undisclosed domestic clients. Since then, Tom Ryan, a representative for S.F. Bloodstock, has shared news about the mare.

“This colt has four huge shoes to fill,” Ryan wrote on his social-media accounts. “There’s no better farm in Kentucky to raise California Chrome’s little brother.”

Tapit, North America’s three-time reigning leading sire, is a son of the late Pulpit – as is Lucky Pulpit, the sire of California Chrome, making Love the Chase’s new colt very closely related to her champion son.

Love the Chase is booked to Pioneerof the Nile for 2017.