Whether or not this race lands Chrome an Eclipse Award, it looks as though this gamble was one well worth taking. Not only does this victory open up racing options next year, but it also makes Chrome a more attractive stallion prospect, particularly to foreign interests in countries where turf racing is the norm. Even if he does not leave the country -- and Perry Martin and Steve Coburn certainly haven't shown any eagerness to sell -- the versatility he has shown will probably make his future foals more attractive to foreign buyers at the sales.
As for Lexie Lou, her connections deserve nothing but credit for their willingness to tackle one of the best 3-year-old males in the States. Even though she was second, her performance puts an extra shine on a 2014 record that looks like a cinch for giving her a Sovereign Award as best 3-year-old filly and should have her in the running for Canadian Horse of the Year.