Bred: Perry Martin and Steve Coburn (Calif.)
Dam (mother): Love the Chase, by Not For Love
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome picked up his first graded stakes win in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 8 at Santa Anita Park. That victory punched his ticket to the 2014 Kentucky Derby.
A three-time winner in stakes restricted to California-bred horses before the San Felipe, California Chrome cemented his status as a top West Coast contender for the Triple Crown races with his 7 1/4-length San Felipe romp.
California Chrome followed the San Felipe with an equally impressive 5 1/4-length romp in the Santa Anita Derby, defeating highly regarded Grade 2 winners Hoppertunity and Candy Boy, to cement his credentials as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 3.
California Chrome took home a stylish victory in the Kentucky Derby and followed it up with a win in the Preakness Stakes. After getting injured at the start of the race, California Chrome finished in a dead heat for fourth place in the 2014 Belmont Stakes.
The colt was given a vacation for the summer of 2014 and made his first start since the Triple Crown races on Sept. 20 in the Garde 2, $1-million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing. California Chrome was trapped inside, much like in the Belmont Stakes, in the Pennsylvania Derby and faded in the stretch while winner Bayern blazed to a new track record.
California Chrome put in two more starts in 2014 before taking a winter break. In the Breeders' Cup Classic, he finished in a three-way photo finish for the win, where he came out in third place. Later that November he romped in his turf debut, winning the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby.
Following the season, California Chrome was named Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male.
California Chrome made his 2015 season debut in the San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 7 in a race that also featured champion Shared Belief. California Chrome took the lead into the stretch but could not hold off Shared Belief and setled for second in the thrilling showdown.
He then headed to Dubai where he represented America in the $10 million Dubai World Cup, where the colt finished second to Prince Bishop.
After Dubai, California Chrome shipped directly to Newmarket in the U.K., where he commenced training for a run in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes over the turf at the legendary Royal Ascot meet.