The handsome California Chrome at Taylor Made. He shone like a new penny as fans gathered to feed him cookies given out by the tour guide (no outside treats allowed) and was dappled, in excellent health, as seen by the photo of his torso. He covered his test mare quickly, getting right into the swing of things after arriving at the farm January 29, the day after his last race in the Pegasus World Cup, and has a full book of 150 mares for this season.
Nearby was Graydar, who also received some cookies and attention.
Then it was off to see some foals and a few two-year-olds who sold recently for over a million dollars.
The filly below, by Uncle Mo, sold for $1.5 million. She has a very calm demeanor, much like I remember Nyquist’s being from when I tracked him around Keeneland and Churchill leading up to the Derby while writing for BloodHorse.
Our visit on the beautiful March day concluded at the gift shop, which will soon move across the street from the farm into larger quarters, along with a restaurant Taylor Made will operate, which should be open in time for Keeneland’s spring meet.