‘He Will Cover At Least 150 Mares’: California Chrome Poised For Big Splash At Stud In Japan

California Chrome’s sale to Japan last fall might have come as a surprise to some, but Thoroughbred Racing Commentary explained why the Japanese racing and breeding industries made bringing him to the country a priority.

Writer Nancy Sexton points out that Japanese interests were high on the two-time Horse of the Year from early on, purchasing four of California Chrome’s six most expensive offerings from his debut crop at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Favorable early reviews on those yearlings from Japanese buyers, along with a strong race record and a pedigree free of the Sunday Silence and Halo bloodlines that dominate the country, quickly made California Chrome a target to bring overseas.

JS Company Ltd., was ultimately the entity that sealed the deal, purchasing the stallion for an undisclosed amount to stand at Arrow Stud.

“He will cover at least 150 mares,” JS Company’s Keisuke Onishi told Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. “He has been very popular with breeders. They are impressed with him. We need good support from breeders to help him succeed earlier on the track in Japan, and therefore we need large numbers of mares to breed in the first three years here.”

Read more at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.

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