The connections of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome have teamed up with The V Foundation for cancer research and announced Thursday that the champion horse would run in support of the fight against cancer for the remainder of his career.
In addition to a portion of California Chrome’s future race earnings going to support The V Foundation, the California Chrome team will also hold other special events to raise charitable donations for the organization. The first such event will be following his expected start in the Grade II, $200,000 San Diego Handicap on July 23 and will auction California Chrome’s blinkers, jockey Victor Espinoza’s silks worn in the race as well as a co-branded Chrome and V Foundation saddle blanket worn during the horse’s final workout at Del Mar. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the auction will be donated to The V Foundation.
In addition to the San Diego Handicap and Grade I, $1,000,000 Pacific Classic on Aug. 20, California Chrome is also expected to race in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park, and the newly announced $12 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 27, 2017, at Gulfstream Park.
The V Foundation was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since its inception in 1993, The V Foundation has awarded more than $150 million in cancer research grants and funded cutting-edge cancer research projects.
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“When we selected a charity, we were looking for a charity that has the same values as Taylor Made Stallions,” said Duncan Taylor, President & CEO at Taylor Made, which campaigns California Chrome in partnership with majority owners Perry and Denise Martin. “When someone recommended The V Foundation, I went back and listened to Jim Valvano’s ESPY’s speech while he was fighting for his life against cancer. The wisdom from his speech perfectly matched what our company’s founders and parents Joe and Mary Emily Taylor instilled in our family growing up – family, faith and your daily work. Do it with enthusiasm and bring hope to others. I encourage everyone to listen to Jimmy V’s speech, and give and do what you can to beat this dreaded disease and make the world a better place.
“We feel blessed to be associated with The V Foundation, which distributes 100 percent of all charitable donations to actual research. Our entire California Chrome team is proud of the association, and we believe that this relationship is groundbreaking in horse racing.”
The California Chrome team and Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation, will formally announce the new partnership and debut the co-branded saddle blanket this Saturday at Del Mar.
“The unique partnership with Taylor Made, California Chrome and The V Foundation opens the door to new ways to fight cancer,” said Braun. “The generosity of the owners is extraordinary, and it brings needed funds to cutting-edge cancer research.’
California Chrome captured the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse this past March to become the all-time richest racehorse in North American history with $12,532,650 in earnings. Trained by Art Sherman, the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit has won 12 of 21 career starts including his victories in the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Taylor Made Stallions encourages California Chrome fans to join in The V Foundation’s fight against cancer by visiting a special donation page: www.jimmyv.org/californiachrome.
For more information about The V Foundation, visit www.jimmyv.org. For more information about California Chrome, please visit www.thechampisback.com.