Daughter Cilla gives California Chrome his first North American winner

August 14, 2020

WILMINGTON, Del. – California Chrome sired his first North American winner Aug. 13 when his 2-year-old daughter Cilla from his first crop won her second start by 7-1/4 lengths, a six-furlong maiden special weight at Delaware Park on a sloppy, sealed track. Cilla came from off- the pace with a three-wide move on the turn and then drew off under a hand ride by Angel Suarez to score in a final time of 1:12.82. In her first start, also at Delaware Park on June 29, Cilla hit the board third.

Cilla wins Race 5 at Delaware Park
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A homebred for owners P. Dale Ladner and Brett Brinkman, Cilla is also trained by Brinkman. Cilla is a Louisiana bred out of Into Mischief mare Sittin At the Bar, a graded-placed stakes winner. Cilla was originally offer at the Keeneland January 2019 Horses of All Ages Sale for $120,000 consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency but was RNA. Ladner and Brinkman also raced Sittin At the Bar, bred by Spendthrift Farm, who they bought for $30,000 at the 2011 Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Yearling Sale. As a racehorse, mostly in her home state of Louisiana, Sittin At the Bar won 11 of 19 starts and banked $705,896 in earnings. Sittin At the Bar has produced three winners out of three foals to race including black-type winner Jack the Umpire by WinStar’s Bodemeister. The 10-year-old mare delivered a filly this year by Spendthrift’s Lord Nelson and is in foal to Darley’s Frosted.

California Chrome

Two-time Horse of the Year and 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome sired his
first global winner July 18 when Sunkar Time won the first race at Krasnodar Racetrack in Russia. The 9-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit entered stud in 2017 at Taylor Made Stallions in Kentucky and shuttled for two seasons, 2018 and 2019, to Sumaya Stud in Chile. In 2019 he stood for $35,000. After being purchased by JS Company of Japan, California Chrome completed his first breeding season at Arrow Stud in Hokkaido, Japan in 2020, standing for a fee of ¥4 million (about US$36,500). Arrow Stud
also stands U.S. champion Shanghai Bobby and U.S. classic-placed group 2 winner Lani.

Photo: Cilla breaks her maiden at Delaware Park. Credit: Horsephotos, Inc.

California Chrome. Credit: Taylor Made/Taylor Gilkey

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