Nearly 1,900 California-bred Thoroughbred foals were registered in the state in 2015, testament to the optimism of the hundreds of California Thoroughbred breeders. California-bred horses race at every track in the state, supported by a $30 million incentive program that rewards breeders and owners, and can make their mark at racing’s highest level. California Chrome, born at Harris Farms in the San Joaquin Valley in 2011, earned more than $14.7 million, winning the Kentucky Derby and the Dubai World Cup during his career, and was named the 2014 and 2016 Horse of the Year.
Many breeders are also owners — racing the horses whose pedigrees they carefully plan — and maintain connections to horses they’ve bred throughout their racing careers. California breeders are represented by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.