A 2-year-old American Pharoah colt became the Triple Crown winner’s latest sales ring success when he sold for 400,000gns at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale on Wednesday as the second most expensive offering of the one-day sale.
Bred by Bridlewood Farm, the colt out of Harlan’s Honor was purchased by Simon Chappell from Star Bloodstock.
The colt is a half-brother to the stakes-placed Song River, the first foal out of stakes winning Harlan’s Honor. His dam and half-sister are just two of 10 stakes horses appearing on the colt’s page.
“I know the guys at Star Bloodstock and they’ve been telling me this colt is a good horse all year,” Chappell said. “At 400,000 guineas there was no way I was letting a horse like him slip through the net. He’s by the sire of the moment in American Pharoah, he did the third-fastest breeze and has a massive stride, so I used the internet bidding system and bought the horse. He’ll be going into training with Simon Crisford.”
Last year’s Champion Freshman Sire, American Pharoah is coming off a top week of racing with two Grade III winners and two stakes placed horses in the last seven days.
It’s been a big few days for Triple Crown hero American Pharoah with four stakes horses in four days, the most recent coming in Japan with undefeated colt Café Pharoah (3c American Pharoah x Mary’s Follies, by More Than Ready) winning the Group III Unicorn Stakes (1600m) by five easy lengths and setting a new stakes record in the process (1:34.90).
Trained by Noriyuki Hori and ridden by Australian jockey Damian Lane, Café Pharoah drew the outside, but worked forward to a stalking position and powered clear to win as he pleased with ears pricked.
A last start winner of the Listed Hyacinth Stakes, Café Pharoah has won three from three and entered the Unicorn leading the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby with 30 points, earning another 40 with the victory.
One race remains in the series, which was expanded from four races to six when the Kentucky Derby was rescheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Japan Dirt Derby July 8 at Oi Racecourse also offers 40 points to the winner, but none of his competitors can overcome Cafe Pharoah’s 70-point total even with a win in that event.
The U.S.-bred was purchased by Narvick International for $475,000 from Eddie Woods at the OBS March 2-Year-Old Sale last year after being bred by Paul Pompa Jr.
A half-brother to US Group winners Regal Glory and Night Prowler, Café Pharoah is one of seven stakes-winner 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.
American Pharoah returns to Australia this spring at a fee of $55,000