California Chrome enjoys retirement during Kentucky Derby week

Nicholasville, Ky. (WKYT) - It's Kentucky Derby week, and there is a bustle in the air at Churchill Downs.

As the next crop of three-year-old hopefuls prepare for the biggest event in thoroughbred racing and a chance to wear the roses.

Just ninety miles east, there's a much calmer day for a six-year old that knows a little something about roses. California Chrome is no longer concerned with his track speed since hanging up his racing shoes in February, but that hasn't stopped the droves of admiring fans from visiting the two-time horse of the year at his new residence Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville.

"It's a retirement that most people would dream about," said Duncan Taylor, President and CEO of Taylor Made Farm. "One thing about him is he really likes people."

"I never realized how much I would enjoy just sharing a horse like California Chrome and our farm, and seeing people come on the tours and how much they enjoy being here."

The farm now has plans to share California Chrome's legacy with the public through a new experience called the people's horse.

"We're going to breed three mares to Chrome, and the people are going to be able to vote on which mare they want to pick and whatever that foal is, is going to be the people's horse," said Taylor.

The whole idea is to take the general public into the horse racing world.

"They'll be treated just like you own the horse. They'll get all the pictures all the videos. They'll get the updates on him. They'll be invited here for a barbeque," said Taylor.

All the things horse owners take for granted that people who can't afford to own a thoroughbred never know about.

"So what we're trying to do is make more people be able to enjoy the thoroughbred horse than just the people that have gobs of money," said Taylor.

The hope is the people's horse will follow in his dad's hoof-steps and one day become a champion thoroughbred.

"If we can follow in Chrome's footsteps," said Taylor. "We'll be doing great for the customers."

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