The Genetics of 'Chrome'

California Chrome's dam, Love the Chase, is line bred 3 X 3 to Ogden Phipps'best broodmare and Champion 2-Year-Old Numbered Account, one of the best 2-year-old fillies in the history of the breed (View Love the Chase's five-cross pedigree here). A winner in eight of ten starts as a 2-year-old, one of her only two losses came in the Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga just twelve days after capturing the Schuylerville Stakes off a three-month layoff.

Numbered Account would go on to win five consecutive stakes races by a combined 25 lengths before losing again, but this time against colts and to future Kentucky Derby winner Riva Ridge in the Garden State Stakes. The following year, Numbered Account continued to display her brilliance, winning two key races for 3-year-old fillies, the Test Stakes going 7 furlongs at Saratoga and the Spinster Stakes going 1 1/8 miles at Keeneland. (View Numbered Account's Lifetime PPs here).

Numbered Account quickly established herself as an aspiring mare with her first foal, Grade 1 stakes winner and leading sire Private Account. She would also go on to produce Grade 1 stakes winner Dance Number and Grade 1 stakes-placed Polish Numbers. Other leading stallions descending from the immediate female family include Woodman, Super Saver and Not For Love. Numbered Account counts as one of the Phipps family's Blue Hen mares and she herself is line bred to La Troienne, the greatest producer in American racing. La Troienne is Numbered Account's fifth dam. (View Numbered Account's five-cross pedigree here).

California Chrome has similar breeding through undefeated Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew on the top side of his pedigree. Seattle Slew's dam, My Charmer, is line bred to La Troienne 5 X 5 through Baby League, the fourth dam of Numbered Account (View My Charmer's five-cross pedigree here). All together California Chrome has 7 strains of America's greatest producer La Troienne.

California Chrome reminds us a lot of the undefeated Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. As the leading earner from the Bold Ruler sire line, Seattle Slew entered stud not being by a very popular stallion, but he did have had tremendous line breeding in his dam and would go on to be one of the most dominant stallions of the 21st century. Similarly, California Chrome is entering stud as the leading earner from the A.P. Indy sire line, and also has tremendous line breeding in his dam to the same great producer La Troienne.

We appreciate your interest in California Chrome and hope you find the pedigree information provided very beneficial for your future matings. Please check back often as we will continue to add new pedigree insight throughout the breeding season.