all in The Life

Eight years ago today, a little chestnut colt was born who would make history: California Chrome would go on to win the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, become a two-time Horse of the Year, and win the 2016 Dubai World Cup.

To celebrate, we asked Taylor Made Stallions 10 questions about how they celebrate California Chrome’s birthday. 

1. How did you celebrate Chrome’s birthday last year?

Thoroughbreds in North America all celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 1, so as soon as the New Year rolls around, so does “foaling season” – that magical time that lasts from the beginning of January through the late spring when racehorse babies are born. In this weekly piece, we’ll bring you the best of new arrivals to the Thoroughbred world. So sit back, relax, and take in the Cute Foals of the Week for 2019! Want to see cute foals in person?

Tom Pedulla is interviewing prominent owners, trainers, and jockeys for America’s Best Racing as they travel the Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday, May 4, at Churchill Downs.

Jen Roytz is the executive director of the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP). She is also the co-owner of the Lexington, Ky.-based marketing agency Topline Communications and a writer, regularly covering topics related to Thoroughbred aftercare and equine health for publications such as the Paulick Report, Thoroughbred Daily News and Practical Horseman, among others. Get to know Jen in this fun Q&A.

By Jill Williams

Don’t be fooled by the dazzling smile. There’s a fiercely competitive nature lurking just beneath the surface. Don’t be misled by the flowing blonde locks either. An extremely sharp business mind is working overtime behind them. And, whatever you do, don’t be duped by the lack of years in the Thoroughbred industry. This is no neophyte. At 28, Kate Barton may be young, she may be beautiful, and she may be relatively new to the business, but she has jumped in with both feet and is light years ahead of where, by all rights, she should be.

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