American Pharoah in High Demand
The 2018 Fasig Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale saw the first yearlings by Triple Crown hero American Pharoah offered for sale and they lit up the ring with a filly and colt selling for $1.2 million and $1million to top the opening session of this prestigious sale.
Offered early in the sale as Lot 26 by Gainesway as agent, the filly from dual Grade I winner Life at Ten fetched $1.2million to the bid of Larry Bests’s Oxo Equine and is a half-sister to Grade II placed Singing Bullet. The filly had a big pedigree update just prior to the sale when her two year-old half-sister Bohemian Queen won at Woodbine on debut.
She was initially a $500,000 purchase for Blue Sky Stables at the Keeneland November Sale last year as a weanling so made a lot of people happy with this result.
“I didn’t have one,” said Larry Best, referring to his growing stable of horses which until now did not include an American Pharoah.
“I don’t think you can go wrong with an American Pharoah filly crossed with a Malibu Moon mare. The residual value, just on the dam’s side, is huge. I thought the price would actually go higher, but I wasn’t going to go any higher. So I was surprised I got her.”
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Not far behind in selling for $1million was a colt from good producer Party Silks, the half-brother to Grade II winner Upstart bought by MV Magnier and Bob Baffert, who trained American Pharoah throughout his illustrious career.
“I like the sire. He made me famous,” a jovial Bob Baffert told Bloodhorse, after signing the ticket for Magnier. “Of the ones I’ve seen, I really liked him. He’s a late foal, he’s going to change a lot, and it should be for the better, so I’m excited about it.
“They had him looking great. It was love at first sight. I see a lot of American Pharoah in him. He’s stamping his foals pretty well. Their head, their demeanor. You never think you’re going to go that high, but there’s a lot of excitement here, and a lot of really good horses here. Hopefully he can follow in his daddy’s steps.”
After achieving stunning success on the first day of the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale with two million dollar youngsters, American Pharoah was back in business again with a stunning filly from stakes-winner Funny Feeling selling for $875,000 on the second and final day of trade.
Consigned by Lane’s End as agent, she was bought by John Oxley and is from the family of Grade I winners Pussycat Doll, Jimmy Creed and Hookedonthefeelin.
She was bred by Jane Lyon of Summer Wind Farm, who purchased American Pharoah’s dam Littleprincessemma for $2.1 million at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton November Sale just seven months before he won the Triple Crown.
“We are very big fans of American Pharoah,” said Lyon.
“We also love the mare Funny Feeling and her family, so we are very happy. We hope that whomever has purchased her will have all the success in the world.”
Mark Casse bought the filly on behalf of John Oxley and was thrilled with the purchase.
“Mr. Oxley bought her. We just loved her. More importantly, Mr. and Mrs. Oxley loved her. I loved her pedigree, it was an outstanding pedigree. American Pharoahs are unbelievable. We are happy to get her. We’ve been waiting on this one for a while,” Casse said.
American Pharoah had 10 yearlings sell at this sale at an average $554,500.
The first US bred yearlings by Triple Crown hero American Pharoah have been making headlines at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale this week, but for Australian breeders the ride is just beginning with his first Southern Hemisphere bred foals born this spring.
American Pharoah covered 158 mares last year in Australia and one of the first foals to be born is this beauty of a filly from brilliant Fastnet Rock stakes-winner Lake Geneva, who placed in both the Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond Stakes.
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“A fabulous effort – a female ‘mini me’ of Pharoah really,” said James Bester, Bloodstock Agent and co-breeder of the filly who was born at Coolmore.
“Same head and ears, same colour and little white star, same ‘legginess’ and limbs and, importantly, her sire’s sublime shoulder, good ‘hip’ and extraordinary ‘hip to hock’ length. One could hardly be happier!”
American Pharoah covered a great book of mares in his first season in Australia and some of the mares due to foal over the next few weeks include Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner More Than Real, $850,000 mare Sabatini and Derelique, dam of Group I performer Man From Uncle amongst others.
A Champion 2YO, Champion 3YO and US Horse of the Year, American Pharoah was the highest rated racehorse anywhere in the world in 2015 and stands at a fee of $66,000.
With his first yrls selling for up to US$1.2m and averaging US$554,500 (A$746,238) @FasigTiptonCo Saratoga, it is great to have American Pharoah back in Australia and looking amazing! #CoolmoreSires #HunterValley #PharaohDownUnder #HomeOfChampions pic.twitter.com/ijVlYQQHxL
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The first yearlings by US Horse of the Year American Pharoah are expected to light up sale rings in North America this year and already the Triple Crown hero has made his mark in Japan with a stunning colt from Crisp fetching 180,000,000 yen (US$1.6 million) at the JRHA Select Yearling Sale in Hokkaido earlier this week.
Consigned by Northern Farm, the powerful bay colt was the subject of keen bidding and was purchased by Masahiro Noda’s Danox Ltd.
“He is a really nice individual,” said Noda. “Being honest we can’t yet say if American Pharoah’s progeny will be particularly suited to racing in Japan, but with this colt’s pedigree he can probably race anywhere in the world.”
The star colt is from Grade I Santa Anita Oaks winner Crisp, who was bought from the 2016 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale for $350,000 when in foal to American Pharoah.
The first Australian bred foals by American Pharoah are due in the Southern Hemisphere next month.