It was announced yesterday that Coolmore have purchased the breeding rights to dual Classic winner American Pharoah and he will stand at Ashford Stud on his retirement from racing. He will continue to race in the colours of Zayat Stables who own 100% of the horse’s racing rights.
The Zayat homebred is from the second crop by Pioneerof The Nile and has an unbeaten stretch of six races, having only been defeated once, on debut. He is already the winner of five Gr.1 races from seven races. In addition to his Gr.1 Kentucky Derby and Gr.1 Preakness Stakes wins, he landed the Gr.1 Del Mar Futurity and Gr.1 Frontrunner Stakes at two. He also added the Gr.1 Arkansas Derby to his CV in mid-April.
“Whatever happens in the Belmont, American Pharoah is an outstanding sire prospect and we’re very grateful to the Zayat family for entrusting us with his stallion career,” said Ashford Stud Manager Dermot Ryan. “He’s already a Champion Two-Year-Old and has won his first four starts at three by over 20 lengths. It’s very exciting to think about how much more he might achieve.”
A $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga graduate, American Pharoah dropped his career debut, but was named champion of his generation with wins in the GI Del Mar Futurity and the GI FrontRunner Stakes He is perfect in his four starts this season, with current earnings of $3,730,300. He becomes the latest in a line of 2-year-old champions (Lookin at Lucky, Uncle Mo, Hansen - subsequently sold to Korea - Shanghai Bobby) to stand at Coolmore.
"They are a world-class organization and I particularly respect what John Magnier has achieved in this business," Zayat commented. "They are a fun group to be involved with, they enjoy their racing and they understand what it means to have a horse of that caliber." Zayat confirmed that he intends to race American Pharoah into the second half of the season and that there are "kickers" in place for "benchmarks for prestigious, important races" and achievements, including wins in the Belmont and other important Grade I events, or being voted an additional Eclipse Award or be named Horse of the Year.
"He's fast, well-bred, well-conformed horse and what makes him special is the way he's able to move, it's like poetry in motion," Zayat responded when asked why he believes American Pharoah will appeal to prospective breeders. "He's undefeated except for his career debut, when he had excuses, and he's won at five different tracks -he doesn't need to take his track with him. He is a perfect, gorgeous horse and he can do anything - he can sit, he can be in the front. He's a once-in-a-lifetime horse."
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