American Pharoah: From a Grand Slam Champ to a Grand Sire in the Making

By Mary Perdue
Lady at the Track

It’s hard to believe it’s been less than three years since Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah thrilled racing fans around the world by capturing the first U.S. Triple Crown in 37 years, then capped it off with his “Grand Slam” Breeders Cup Classic victory, retiring sound with total earnings more than $9 million. Since then, the 2015 Horse of the Year has been busy in the breeding shed at Ashford Stud — where he resides in a stall formerly occupied by dual horse of the year Cigar and the late leading sire Scat Daddy – as well on Southern Hemisphere time at Coolmore, Australia.

“American Pharoah has gotten off to as good a start as we could have hoped for,” said Dermot Ryan, Ashford Stud’s manager. “He has fantastic stock on the ground who have inherited his exceptional looks, walk and temperament.”

American Pharoah’s stud book consisted of more than 200 mares in each of his first two years at stud, making him…

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