11/23/2016 1:26PM

Taylor Made getting ready for Chrome

Barbara D. Livingston
California Chrome will make one more start before retiring from racing.

California Chrome will not arrive at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky until after his planned final start in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus Cup on Jan. 28, but the wheels are already turning on his second career.

California Chrome LLC purchased nine mares at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale for a total of $2.79 million. Six of those mares were purchased for the horse’s co-breeder Perry Martin.

Martin, in partnership with Vindicate Thoroughbred, purchased the $520,000 broodmare Theworldweknow, currently in foal to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. The placed Speightstown mare is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and multiple stakes producer Marylebone, to the dam of Grade 2 winner Alpha Kitten, and to two other stakes-placed runners.

Martin’s purchases also included Roughing, an unraced Eskendereya mare, for $500,000. She is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Diplomat Lady; to Grade 2 winner Dream Play, the dam of Group 2 winner Zulu Land; and to four other stakes producers, led by stakes-placed Foxcaller, the dam of stakes winner Gangbuster.

Taylor Made’s Duncan Taylor said he believes California Chrome’s physical build will help him work well with a number of mares.

“He’s a medium-sized horse with great balance and a great neck,” Taylor said. “I don’t really think he’s going to be difficult to match up. He’s got a great hip, and with his body shape and type, he’s right in the middle, so I think he’s just naturally going to match with a lot of mares.”