The Richest Kentucky Derby winner and two time horse of the year California Chrome has been selected as the 2018 Rood & Riddle Comeback Award winner. This award is presented to a horse who has performed at the highest levels of competition, faced a medical/ surgical issue, received veterinary care by a Rood & Riddle veterinarian, and subsequently returned to compete at his/ her previous performance level.
This year’s winner, California Chrome, of course, was the exciting winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby. He then followed up his Derby win with a big win in the Preakness. Following this he continued to race successfully, and was scheduled to race in England in 2015, but he encountered physical issues which prevented him from racing there. After evaluation by Dr. Larry Bramlage, it was decided to treat California Chrome medically and rest him. He shipped to Dubai the following year where he won the 2016 Dubai World Cup, and became the world’s richest race horse.
“We are extremely pleased to present the 2018 Rood & Riddle Comeback Award to California Chrome. He exemplifies the characteristics of an outstanding equine athlete who suffered a health issue, returned to elite competition and continued his winning ways” said Dr. Tom Riddle.
The award was presented to representatives of Taylor Made Stallions, Denise and Perry Martin and California Chrome by surgeon, Dr. Larry Bramlage, who will be accompanied by Dr. Debbie Spike-Pierce, the chief executive officer of Rood & Riddle.
Duncan and Ben Taylor said “We would like to thank Dr. Larry Bramlage, Dr. Bart Barber and Dr. Debbie Spike-Pierce and the entire Rood & Riddle Team in the recovery of California Chrome in his return to racing and Dr. Charles Scoggin for California Chrome’s success in his transition to stud duty”.
California Chrome is now standing at stud at Taylor Made Farm and his first foals, which are outstanding, were welcomed into the world this year. Just as he excelled on the racetrack, great things are expected from his foals in the sale ring and at the races.