North America’s All-Time Leading Money Earning Racehorse California Chrome to Partner with The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Ownership of the World’s Richest Racehorse to Fund Cancer Research through New Partnership
Del Mar, CA – [Thursday, July 14, 2016] – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, and majority owners Perry & Denise Martin and Taylor Made Stallions are pleased to announce that California Chrome, LLC will launch a new partnership in the fight against cancer and run in support of The V Foundation throughout the remainder of his scheduled racing career. He is currently pointed towards the $200,000 San Diego Handicap on July 23, and the $1 million Pacific Classic on August 20, which will both be held at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racetrack in Del Mar, California. In addition to a portion of California Chrome’s future race earnings to support The V Foundation, the California Chrome team will also hold other special events to raise charitable donations for The V Foundation. The first such event will be following the San Diego Handicap 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.
“When Taylor Made 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. “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% of all charitable donations to actual research. Our entire California Chrome team is proud of the association and believe that this relationship is groundbreaking in horse racing.”
California Chrome, North America’s all-time leading money-winner and top-ranked Thoroughbred in the country, partners with The V Foundation in advance of his highly anticipated North American return in the San Diego Handicap, following his win in the $10 million, Grade 1 Dubai World Cup earlier this year in the United Arab Emirates. 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 on Saturday, July 16 at 9:30 a.m. during Donuts Day at the main track at Del Mar with world-renowned track announcer Trevor Denman.
“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.”
In addition to the San Diego Handicap and Pacific Classic, California Chrome is also expected to race in the $5 million Breeder’s Cup Classic on November 5, 2016, near Los Angeles, California, and finally the newly announced $12 million Pegasus World Cup on January 27, 2017, at Gulfstream Park outside of Miami, Florida. The new partnership reflects Taylor Made Stallions’ team culture and commitment to charitable causes, joining forces with a foundation awarded for sound fiscal management and transparency. Taylor Made Stallions encourages California Chrome fans, commonly referred to as “Chromies”, to join in The V Foundation’s fight against cancer by visiting: www.jimmyv.org.
Named for the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator, The V Foundation funds research into all types of cancer at institutions across the country. Since its inception in 1993, The V Foundation has awarded more than $150 million in cancer research grants, funding cutting-edge cancer research projects through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. The V Foundation proudly awards 100 percent of direct donations to cancer research and related programs.
About The V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $150 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a world-renowned Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.
About Taylor Made Stallions
Taylor Made Stallions is a division of Taylor Made Farm, one of the leading Thoroughbred commercial breeding, boarding, and sales operations in the world. Located in the heart of the Bluegrass in Nicholasville, Kentucky, Taylor Made has been a family-owned-and-operated business since it opened its doors in 1976. The current owners were all mentored by the family’s patriarch Joseph Lannon Taylor. The business is now run by the Taylor brothers – Duncan, Ben, Mark, and Frank. Taylor Made is responsible for breeding, raising, or selling many of the industry’s biggest Thoroughbred names spanning the last five decades, including 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. For more information about Taylor Made Stallions, or California Chrome, please visit www.taylormadestallions.com.