California Chrome Elected to National Racing Hall of Fame
Saratoga Springs, NY (April, 26, 2023) – California Chrome, the two-time Horse of the Year, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Dubai World Cup winner who was foaled, raised and trained at Harris Farms before he reached worldwide fame, was elected in his first year of eligibility, to the National Racing Hall of Fame. He joins two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow as the second Harris Farms graduate to which this honor was bestowed.
California Chrome was bred and owned by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn. Taylor Made Farm later joined in the ownership, purchasing Coburn’s share. Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome raced from 2013 to 2017 with a record of 16-4-1 from 27 starts and earnings of $14,752,650. He was voted Horse of the Year in 2014 and 2016 and earned additional Eclipse Awards for Champion 3-Year-Old Male in 2014 and Champion Older Male in 2016.
A winner of 10 graded/group stakes, California Chrome’s signature victories included the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Santa Anita Derby, and Hollywood Derby in 2014. After injuries limited him to two starts in 2015, California Chrome won seven of eight starts in 2016, including the Dubai World Cup, Pacific Classic, Awesome Again, and San Pasqual. He won races at seven different tracks, and in 2016 surpassed Hall of Famer Curlin for the North American earnings record. While that record has been surpassed, California Chrome remains atop of the all-time California-bred earnings mark by more than $8 million.
California Chrome currently stands at Arrow Stud in Japan.
The 2023 Hall of Fame class will be enshrined on Friday, Aug. 4, at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, New York, at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Museum website at www.racingmuseum.org.