Perry and Denise Martin along with their daughter Kelly and son Perry Jr. are the people behind Martin Racing and Thoroughbreds. The family business made it big when their first homebred scored a Kentucky Derby win in 2014. California Chrome went on to prove that small breeders, trainers, owners, and most importantly their horses could compete on an international level. The Martins' have been ambitious about their multinational expansion.
Perry Martin plays a powerful role in building his enterprises. Martin put together an umbrella of companies in materials testing, failure analysis, water chemistry, thoroughbred racing and breeding. Mr. Martin worked for US Air Force in reliability and failure investigations. Perry bred and campaigned California Chrome. He continues to be a part of Chrome's post racing life.
Denise Martin is CEO of Materials Technology Labs and a managing partner of Martin Racing Stables (MRS). Denise's background includes work with composites and plastics. Mrs. Martin worked with standardbreds at CalExpo in the 1980's. She is currently agent for MRS and was agent for California Chrome.
Kelly Martin has taken over as the organization's Racing Manager. Kelly has worked with the JRA and the Dubai Racing Club to facilitate international equine relations. Kelly got her start in sports as a two year old at Pozar's Gymnastics Center with Bela and Martha Karolyi in Sacramento. She was a sophomore varsity gymnast at Yuba City High School and played goalie on the US Futures field hockey team at Stanford.
Perry Martin Jr is a vibration tech who independently builds computer systems and designs online gaming programs. He has had special bonds with small and large animals all of his life. PJ is seen in the iconic California Chrome photo.