All in a year’s work: Resurgent California Chrome taking Taylors on fairy tale ride
Two seasons ago, Frank Taylor and his brothers were glued to watching the fairy tale of the modestly bred colt with the small-time connections play out on the road to the Triple Crown. Because when a horse is as good as California Chrome was in 2014, most stud farms worth their salt will see what might be possible.

"The problem is, our radar is expansive but our budget is not," laughed Taylor, who along with brothers Duncan, Mark and Ben have made their Nicholasville-based Taylor Made Farm into one of the Thoroughbred industry’s leading sales and breeding operations.

And so, the Taylors inquired about investing in Chrome only to find the numbers being thrown out by his connections too stratospheric for their operation — or any other — to bite on. Then, the fairy tale started giving way to tough losses and internal strife and, by the time Duncan Taylor headed to Arlington Park last summer to make a serious pursuit about purchasing a minority share in the dual classic winner, competition had dropped off and many had written off hope of the 2014 Horse of the Year getting back to the track.