Triple Crown winner off to a flyer for Coolmore
The Triple Crown winner American Pharoah turns heads when paraded at Coolmore Stud and he’s now got more than good looks to rely on.
American Pharoah shuttles between Kentucky and the Hunter Valley and he will stand his fourth season at Coolmore this spring at a fee of $55,000.
While his first Australian offspring won’t race until the new season his Northern Hemisphere career couldn’t have got away to a better start.
American Pharoah’s first crop now includes 19 stakes horses and seven stakes winners and he now has sired 40 individual winners and 30 placegetters.
Sweet Melania is the best filly to date from American Pharoah’s first crop, and last weekend won a Group 3 race at Belmont to record three wins and four placings (including Group I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last November) from seven starts.
It’s been a big few days for American Pharoah with four stakes horses in four days, the most recent coming in Japan with undefeated colt Café Pharoah winning the Group III Unicorn Stakes (1600m) by five easy lengths and setting a new stakes record in the process.
American Pharoah’s Group One placed son Monarch Of Egypt finished a close second in the Group Three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier in the week and Turned Aside finish second in Saturday’s Sir Cat Stakes at Belmont Park.
Café Pharoah is trained by Noriyuki Hori and ridden by Australian jockey Damian Lane and has won three from three. A half-brother to US Group winners Regal Glory and Night Prowler, Café Pharoah is one of seven stakes-winners for his sire and is from good producing Group II winner Mary’s Follies, a daughter of champion sire More than Ready.
Australian breeders will find it interesting that American Pharoah has now had two runners from daughters of More than Ready with both being stakes-winners, the other being his Group II Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint winner Four Wheel Drive.
The Ontrack Hunter Valley Horse and Wine Tour offers participants the opportunity to see two Triple Crown winners as Justify also shuttles to Coolmore.
“It’s probably going to be a once in a lifetime chance to see two Triple Crown winners standing side by side on an Australian stud,” said Ontrack’s Grant Morgan.
“This will be the fourth Ontrack tour party to get a look at American Pharoah and every year the party members are taken by his athletic looks and striking physique.
“Buyers at the Australian yearling sales have been taken with his progeny and Hunter Valley tour members get the chance in October to see for themselves why American Pharoah is making headlines around the world,” said Grant Morgan.