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Taylor Made Buy Share In California Chrome
Kentucky-based Taylor Made Farm has purchased a 30 per cent interest in dual Classic winner and reigning US Horse of the Year California Chrome, reports Blood Horse. The 4YO son of Lucky Pulpit is currently sidelined with a cannon bone bruise that has derailed his 2015 campaign, but connections are hoping he can return to racing next year before retiring to stud in 2017. "The problems California Chrome has are not significant, so hopefully we can get him back to the races," said Ben Taylor, vice president of Taylor Made Stallions. "The plan is to keep him racing and then stand him." Duncan Taylor, president and CEO of Taylor Made, said: "California Chrome is simply the all-time leading earner from the A.P. Indy sire line, and he's a tremendously good-looking, athletic, and well-balanced horse who possesses great speed." he added: "Remarkably, he became the fifth Kentucky Derby winner from his deep female family, and he embodies the incredible toughness and soundness of the throwbacks from his family. You won't find many horses of his quality that made 18 starts in 23 months. He's just now getting his first break from training." Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington said that the chances of California Chrome making a successful return to the track were high. "California Chrome's x-rays showed all of his joints to be remarkably clean. He has the early signs of bruising to the bottom of the cannon bones. Horses training at high levels for long periods of time, like California Chrome has, gradually get behind in the bone's response to the stress because we train them and then ask them to stand in the stall for most of the day." He added: "The return rate for horses with this problem is very high. When we researched prognosis for distal cannon bone bruising, we found that recovery rate was 95% after giving time in the paddock to heal."