Faversham, a multiple winner and the only full brother to two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, has been retired from racing to stand at Daehling Ranch in Northern California. His 2021 fee is $2,000, live foal guarantee. Lifetime breeding rights are available for $4,500.
A 5-year-old son of the late Lucky Pulpit, California’s leading sire by progeny earnings in 2014 and 2016, Faversham was campaigned by his co-breeders, Perry and Denise Martin of Martin Racing, who also co-bred and raced California Chrome. Like his wildly famous older sibling, Faversham is a California-bred who won races on two different surfaces.
California Chrome won the 2014 Kentucky Derby (G1), the 2016 Dubai World Cup (G1) and five additional Grade 1 races on dirt and turf before he retired to the breeding shed in 2017 with Eclipse Awards as Horse of the Year for 2014 and 2016, and a career bankroll of $14,752,650 that ranked him as the highest-earning North America runner in history. After standing his first three breeding seasons in Kentucky, with two additional Southern Hemisphere stints in Chile, California Chrome was purchased privately in late 2019 by Japan-based connections, and stood at Arrow Stud in that country this year.
The 9-year-old stallion is represented by eight winners from his first crop of 2-year-olds in 2020, led by his Grade 1-placed filly, Cilla.
Faversham and California Chrome were produced by two-time California Broodmare of the Year Love the Chase, a winning daughter of 12-time leading Maryland sire Not For Love.
“Faversham overcame several obstacles, including a torn tendon, to win races in California and Kentucky for us,” Perry Martin said of the Santa Anita Park and Turfway Park winner. “He always tried his best and managed to carve his own identity from the immense shadow cast by his big brother, who was the rarest of all Thoroughbreds — the horse of a lifetime.”
“We are thrilled to bring him home to California, where the legendary story of California Chrome started, and to offer his proven bloodlines at an affordable price for breeders on a budget.”
Faversham successfully covered a small group of test mares privately late last spring, and will be available to outside mare owners in 2021 as a registered California stallion nominated to Breeders’ Cup.