Harvey’s Lil Goil (3f American Pharoah x Gloria S., by Tapit) became the third Grade III winner in a week for American Pharoah and fifth stakes horse in 10 days with her win in the Grade III Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Always shadowing the leader through the 1 1/8 mile turf stakes, Harvey’s Lil Goil inched up on the leader in the far turn and was in command with two furlongs left to run. The filly had to fend off another charge from the leader before shaking that one off just to enter another duel as Crystal Cliffs ran up on the rail.
Harvey’s Lil Goil had to dig deep in the final half furlong as Crystal Cliffs inched up on her with Harvey’s Lil Goil’s fighting back with every step to keep her lead. In the end, American Pharoah’s gray daughter came out the winner by a head to record her second stakes victory in her last three starts.
Trained by Bill Mott for the Estate of Harvey A. Clarke and Paul Braverman, Harvey’s Lil Goil also won the Listed Busanda Stakes on dirt at Aqueduct in February.
“I thought we were in a little bit of trouble when Johnny (Velazquez) dove to the rail,” said Mott’s assistant Kenny McCarthy. “However, when she got to her late in the stretch, she was able to fight back. She’s a very classy filly and now sports multiple stakes wins on both the dirt and the turf.”
Bred by Harvey A. Clarke, Harvey’s Lil Goil is one of three winners out of the Tapit mare Gloria S. That mare is a half-sister to Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and Grade I Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another and Grade III winner Golden Award.
The filly also hails from the extended family of fellow Coolmore America resident and Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Mendelssohn and four-time champion Beholder.
Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh has proven to be just as successful in his second career. Last year’s Champion Freshman Sire, he has five graded stakes winners, seven stakes winners and 19 stakes horses overall, with two out of Tapit mares.
Amani’s Eagle Flies to Maiden Victory for Pharoah
Sumaya U.S. Stable’s Amani’s Eagle (3c American Pharoah x Amani, by Morning Raider) led all the way at Churchill Downs to break his maiden by four lengths on Saturday.
Running over 1 3/16 miles on dirt, Amani’s Eagle went to the lead at the start and had it at every call under Mike Smith. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the colt raced into the first turn three wide as he dueled to secure his front spot. He was finally able pull away and opened up about a length on the field as they raced down the backstretch.
It looked like the colt may be challenged as the field entered the stretch but Smith sat confidently on Amani’s Eagle, who was never fully extended. He crossed the line four lengths in front to become the second winner for his dam.
Bred by International Equities Holding, Amani’s Eagle is out of dual Chilean champion Amani, whose 10 career victories include four Group I races. The colt also hails from the family of Chile Horse of the Year Set Fool and Group I winner Zambitamba.
It has been a top two weeks for last year’s Champion Freshman Sire with American Pharoah siring four stakes horses – including two Grade III winners – last week and a 400,000gns colt at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale on Thursday.
400,000 Guineas for American Pharoah Colt
The 2020 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale produced a big result for American Pharoah, whose colt from Harlan’s Honor was the second highest priced offering when fetching 400,000 guineas.
Bids rained in from outside the sale ring from the socially distanced Tattersalls audience for Star Bloodstock’s American Pharoah colt, but it was an internet bid that won the day at 400,000 guineas.
“I know the guys at Star Bloodstock and they’ve been telling me this colt is a good horse all year. At 400,000 guineas there was no way I was letting a horse like him slip through the net,” said the successful purchaser Simon Chappell.
“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.”
The colt was bought as a yearling by Byron Rogers and Newminster Pinhook for $170,000 and was prepared for Star Bloodstock by Johnny Hassett.
“He has always shown us a lot,” said Rogers. “When we let them off in March and asked the draft to point their toes a little bit, he always went well. He is a very quick horse, he breezed as we expected he would.”
The colt is from the second crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who has already sired seven stakes winners.
He is the second foal out of the stakes winning mare Harlans Honor, whose only runner to date has been stakes placed in the USA.
American Pharoah has five entries for the Inglis Easter Round 2 Yearling Sale coming up on July 8 and you can see the pedigrees here.