The general public are being given the chance to take part in the breeding of Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome’s successor.
Fear not, there will be no hands on insemination, rather a public vote to pick a suitable mare for California Chrome to partner with and to follow the thoroughbred family’s journey through immersive experiences on the farm, along with other stable matters, and eventually buying shares in the foal.
Taylor Made Farm, one of Kentucky’s leading, innovative horse farms, is partnering with adventure magazine True.Ink to offer the experience.
Chrome, one of the most popular and wealthiest racehorses in recent history, retired in January to start his stud career.
The horse racked up an astounding $14.7 million in winnings in his career, including the Dubai World Cup in March last year.
That added to Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes glories – both in 2014 – for a horse twice named Horse of the Year.
“This project is a real opportunity for all of us to experience what it¹s like to not only own a horse, but learn about the process from conception to the racetrack, and share it all in real time,” said Duncan Taylor, President of Taylor Made. “The goal is to increase the amount of fun, joy and inspiration of breeding a horse, without the heaviness and stress of a big investment.”
You can take part and find more out about the project by visiting http://peopleshorse.com/.
Thunder Snow, Godolphin’s courageous winner of last month’s G2 UAE Derby at Meydan, is set to have a crack at the G1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed has given the green light for the Helmet colt to travel to America to take up the ‘win and you are in’ option open to the winner of the Dubai Classic.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor will be saddling his seventh runner in the Kentucky Derby – his best-performed was China Visit, who finished 6th of 20 runners behind Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000.
Saeed has long felt Thunder Snow would be suitable for the challenge of America’s famous ‘Run For The Roses.’
“Sheikh Mohammed has made the decision to run Thunder Snow in the Kentucky Derby,” the trainer said.
“The horse is in good form. He is sound, healthy, and working really well, and I am so happy with him.
“It is great to see another horse from Godolphin travel to the Kentucky Derby as it is one of the best races in the world.
“Thunder Snow prepared (for this race) in Dubai. He will be in quarantine for two days and then it will be back to his normal routine,” the trainer said.
Thunder Snow has had a solid grounding for his biggest challenge. He finished second in Doncaster’s G2 Champagne Stakes, 4th in the G1 Dewhurst at Newmarket, and then put together a hat-trick of high class wins, in the G1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud, and the UAE 2,000 Guineas and Derby at Meydan.
Christophe Soumillon will again take the ride.
Three-year-old colts Youmkin and Bay Of Poets get a chance to race on the unique Epsom Downs course, UK, in the 10-furlong Investec Derby Trial (14.45hrs local time) on Wednesday, April 26.
The £50,000 conditions race offers a rare opportunity for aspiring G1 Investec Derby contenders to be tested on the famous undulating course, with the winner receiving free entry into the £1.5-million Classic (12f) on June 3.
Youmkin (Saeed bin Suroor/Oisin Murphy) already holds an Investec Derby entry and the son of Street Cry makes his second start after staying on well to take a Nottingham maiden over an extended mile in October.
“Youmkin is ready to make his first start of the season but he doesn’t show a lot in the mornings and is a little lazy in his work,” said trainer, Bin Suroor.
“We will see how he gets on this week before deciding where to go with him, but I am hoping for another good run.”
Bay Of Poets (Charlie Appleby/William Buick) won a mile Polytrack maiden easily at Kempton Park in September but failed to make much impact in three subsequent Pattern appearances, including when eighth in the mile G1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October.
“Bay Of Poets has wintered well and settled down a lot mentally. His work has been good and suggests that this step up in trip is going to suit,” said Appleby.
“We were struggling to get a handle on him last year because his work was so good and then he disappointed on the racecourse. We know that he has ability and, if he turns up in the same form as his morning work, then he is going to be very competitive.”
Their main opponents could be two unbeaten colts, Cracksman and Tartini.