11/07/2016 6:52PM

Fasig-Tipton November: California Chrome's dam sells for $1.95 million


Love The Chase, dam of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, sold for $1.95 million to bloodstock agent John McCormack, on behalf of domestic clients, Monday night at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale

The Not For Love mare was consigned by Taylor Made Sales, as agent for Perry Martin, who co-bred California Chrome and now campaigns the horse in partnership with Taylor Made. Martin had previously stated his intention to sell Love The Chase to raise capital to purchase mares to breed to California Chrome in his first season at stud.

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"She was a nice mare physically," McCormack said. "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."

California Chrome is North America's all-time leading moneywinner, with earnings of $14,452,650 through his runner-up effort in the Breeders' Cup Classic last Saturday. The seven-time Grade 1 winner was Horse of the Year in 2014, when he captured the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and this year won the $10 million Dubai World Cup, at the time the world's richest race. He is scheduled to make his final career start in next January's $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream, which takes over that high-water mark.

California Chrome, by Lucky Pulpit, is the only winner out of Love The Chase to date; two full siblings, Hope's Love and R Sunday Surprise, are placed. Tapit, like Lucky Pulpit, is a son of Pulpit, making the foal Love The Chase is carrying bred on a similar cross to California Chrome and her other offspring.

-- Additional reporting by Joe Nevills