12/12/2016 2:16PM

Chrome's dam going to Pioneerof the Nile


Love the Chase, the dam of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, has been booked to classic sire Pioneerof the Nile for 2017.

The Not For Love mare sold for $1.95 million to bloodstock agent John McCormack, on behalf of undisclosed domestic clients, during last month’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale. SF Bloodstock representative Tom Ryan was the one to confirm the 2017 appointment for the mare via social media.

“Love the Chase will visit Pioneerof the Nile. They will complement each other in every possible way,” Ryan wrote.

Love the Chase is currently carrying a foal by North America’s leading sire, Tapit. That stallion, like California Chrome’s sire, Lucky Pulpit, is by the late Pulpit, making the foal the mare is carrying bred on a similar cross to her champion California Chrome.

California Chrome, a 2014 dual classic winner, is the only winner out of Love the Chase, with two full siblings being placed runners. He is favored to earn the Horse of the Year title for a second time after winning 5 of 6 starts so far this season, including the Dubai World Cup. He reigns as North America’s richest racehorse with earnings of more than $14.4 million.

California Chrome is set to enter stud at Taylor Made Farm in 2017 after a planned final start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup in January. Co-breeder Perry Martin, who campaigns the stallion in partnership with the Taylors, elected to sell Love the Chase at public auction in order to raise capital to build a broodmare band for his star.

“She was a nice mare physically,” McCormack said of Love the Chase. “She had lovely quality. It’s there for everyone to see that she’s had a Horse of the Year and in foal to [leading sire] Tapit, I believe carrying a colt. You can hope and believe that actually the story will get better.”

Pioneerof the Nile, who stands at WinStar Farm, is best known as the sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who in 2014 earned an Eclipse Award as champion juvenile male. Pioneerof the Nile has another legitimate classics contender in this year’s likely 2-year-old champion, Classic Empire. Following that latest success, Pioneerof the Nile is attracting a stellar book for 2017. In addition to Love the Chase, he is booked to Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia and multiple Grade 1 winner Iotapa.