Since 2011, Laura Donnell has been photographing for Taylor Made Farm. Since then, many champions have crossed through her lens, but none have been quite as magnificent as California Chrome. Here's a look back at Chrome's past year with Taylor Made.
About six hours after he left Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., May 1, California Chrome was back at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Catch up with 2014 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner California Chrome and learn about his new Kentucky home, Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., where he'll retire to stud at the end of his racing career.
Al Shaqab Racing's grade I winner Mshawish, who returns to the U.S. March 31, will get a freshening at Belmont with trainer Todd Pletcher before turning to a summer campaign.
X Y Jet, the gritty sprinter who just missed winning the Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) when edged by Muarrab in the final strides March 26 at Meydan, has been sidelined with a chip in his left knee.
A year later, a year better for California Chrome, who impressively won the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan Racecourse a year after a second-place finish in the world's richest horse race.
Frank Taylor, Taylor Made Vice President of boarding operations, discusses future stallions California Chrome and Mshawish. They will face each other March 26 in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-II).
Al Shaqab Racing's multiple grade I winner Mshawish will stand at Taylor Made Stallions in 2017, the stud farm announced March 11.
Graded stakes-producing mare Michele Royale, owned by Sam and Jo Pollock's Pollock Farms, was euthanized March 3 at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky. because of infirmities of old age.
Destin surged to the lead off the far turn and then turned back a stretch challenge from Rafting to win the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Feb. 13 at Tampa Bay Downs.
California Chrome recorded his first timed workout in Dubai Jan. 30, when he covered four furlongs in :48 2/5 and galloped out to six furlongs in 1:13.
California Chrome will begin another journey to the other side of the world Jan. 21, when he'll depart from his double-wide stall at Los Alamitos Race Course at 5 a.m. PT with Dubai in his sights.
Three Chimneys Farm announced Jan. 7 that Jacob West has been appointed as director of bloodstock services, a new division created to expand the farm's commercial reach for its growing customer base.
California Chrome is scheduled to face seven other older horses in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park, but with rain in the forecast, he could be racing over wet footing for the first time.
California Chrome drilled down in his latest Los Alamitos workout Dec. 12, covering five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 at the Southern California track.
Weanlings were the big-ticket items Nov. 8, as Keeneland's 12-day November breeding stock sale entered its second week with losses, but still stayed on course to beat last year's figures overall.
Keeneland's 12-day November breeding stock auction's opening session, topped by DATTT Farm's $2.2 million purchase of Hard Not to Like, saw across-the-board increases Nov. 2 but also a higher buyback rate.
Taylor Made Stallions has set fees for its 2016 roster of stallions near Nicholasville, Ky., led by Graydar. The grade I-winning son of Unbridled's Song will stand for $15,000 stands and nurses.
Keeneland's 12-day September yearling sale ended Sept. 26 in Lexington with results that revealed a market similar to 2014's.
Reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome at Taylor Made Stallions Sept. 25, 2015.
The Keeneland September yearling sale closed out its two Book 2 sessions Saturday night in Lexington with a $485,000 Mineshaft colt session-topper and across-the-board gains as compared with last year's Book 2 portion.
Upper-level buyers stayed in Lexington Friday as Keeneland's 12-day September yearling sale rolled into its second week and the premier Book 1 sessions gave way to Book 2.
Taylor Made Farm will put on three "California Chrome Fan Days" Sept. 25-27, when fans can view the dual classic winner behind the scenes at the Nicholasville, Ky., farm.
Mark Taylor talks about the legacy of Unbridled's Song as his last yearlings are offered at auction. Watch Video
Taylor Made Farm closed a deal July 17 to purchase 30% interest in dual classic winner and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome with the intent of racing the champion next year, then stand him at stud in 2017.
Consignor Doug Arnold of Buck Pond Farm discusses Angelica Zapata, consigned as Hip 597 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale. watch video
Ian Tapp recaps the first session of the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale, including comments from Frank Taylor, Justin Casse, and Mike Recio.
Consignor Doug Arnold of Buck Pond Farm discusses Angelica Zapata, consigned as Hip 597 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale.
Ian Tapp previews the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, including comments from Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency and Boyd Browning, president and chief executive officer of Fasig-Tipton.
Good Luck Gus took the $252,098 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes, securing his first stakes score for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
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Aaron Jones, who enjoyed the heights of success on the racetrack, in breeding horses, and in the sales ring, died Sept. 22 at his Eugene, Ore., home.
Glenye Cain Oakford goes behind the scenes of yearling prep. This segment follows horses as they are shown to prospective buyers and sold at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Brought to you by ADM Alliance Nutrition.
Seven yearlings brought $200,000 or more Sept. 16 at the Keeneland September sale's eighth session as the first week's momentum seemed to carry over into the later market.
Glenye Cain Oakford goes behind the scenes of yearling prep. Behavior counts, whether you are looking to increase a young horse's tractability or to subtly improve his or her performance in front of prospective buyers. This video covers options such as round pen work to improve the human-horse interaction and also offers a few cues that can make for a smoother presentation of the yearling to prospective buyers at the farm or on the sale grounds. Brought to you by ADM Alliance Nutrition View more videos from the Inside Yearling Prep series.
Glenye Cain Oakford goes behind the scenes of yearling prep. This segment considers the roles that equine swimming, automatic walkers, pasture turnout, and handwalking all can play in building fitness. Brought to you by ADM Alliance Nutrition. View more videos from the Inside Yearling Prep series.
Glenye Cain Oakford goes behind the scenes of yearling prep. This segment explores how a careful program of monitoring and trimming shortly after a foal’s birth can contribute to better conformation. Brought to you by ADM Alliance Nutrition. View more videos from the Inside Yearling Prep series.
Glenye Cain Oakford goes behind the scenes of yearling prep. This segment covers various components of a sales-prep feeding program, including supplements and how they promote development. Brought to you by ADM Alliance Nutrition View more videos from the Inside Yearling Prep series.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance noted Aug. 1 that it is receiving significant and growing support from the sales sector, with participation from buyers, consignors, and sale companies.
The R.A.C.E. Fund launches its 2014 drive with an online auction on eBay starting June 21 at 8 p.m. ET and ending on June 28 at 8 p.m. to help raise funds for racehorse retirement and rescue.
Champion producer Alidiva died at the Taylor family's Taylor Made farm near Nicholasville, Ky., March 17. The Irish-bred daughter of Chief Singer had been pensioned for several years and died of the infirmities of old age.
The median rose 33% as Keeneland's January sale ended four days of lively trade. Graded winner Scatman topped the final session at $135,000, and plans are to keep him in training.
Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale kicked off with solid trade and a gain in median but few fireworks during the opening session Jan. 6 in Lexington.
An open house will be held from Jan. 4-9 between 8 a.m. and noon at the Taylor Made stallion complex on Union Mill Road in Nicholasville, Ky.
Helped by dispersals and a global array of buyers, Keeneland's November sale ended Nov. 14 with substantial gains and a record-equaling median.
Keeneland November's third session, topped by $410,000 paid for a mare by Dixie Union, benefits from aggressive domestic bidding.
Kitty Taylor of Warrendale Sales discusses the yearling market. watch video
Claire Novak recaps the 2013 Keeneland September Sale, which ended on September 21. Watch Video
Evan Hammonds talks with Trainer Kelly Breen about the Keeneland September yearling sale. watch video
Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency shares his thoughts on session I results of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency
Consignors were seeing plenty of interest in the final crop of yearlings by Indian Charlie being offered at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings set for Aug. 5 and 6.
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