The Chosen Vron California-bred Horse of the Year

                                             The Chosen Vron winning the $200,000 Don Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint                                                          Benoit Photo


Arcadia, CA (Mar. 12, 2024) — Millionaire The Chosen Vron was named 2023 California-bred Horse of the Year at the CTBA Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting Tuesday night at Le Meridien Hotel in Arcadia. Ceiling Crusher and Kings River Knight were the other finalists.

The Chosen Vron was a runaway winner on the strength of a remarkable season in which he extended his winning streak to eight, all stakes, including a thrilling victory in the Grade I Bing Crosby at Del Mar.

The Chosen Vron, previously named Cal-bred champion older male and turf horse for 2022, repeated as 2023 champion older male and added champion sprinter to his resume. In 2022 he was Cal-bred champion 3-year-old. His trainer, Eric Kruljac, was named 2023 Trainer of the Year.

“Incredible, the whole thing, but what’s incredible is the horse,” said Kruljac. “I wish I could share his personality in the shed row when he’s not making money. He’s just the coolest dude in the world.”

The Chosen Vron was bred by Tiz Molly Partners and is owned by Kruljac, Robert Fetkin, John Sondereker & Richard Thornburgh. He has 15 wins in 20 starts and career earnings of $1,239,678.