Dancing in the Rain: American Pharoah Yearlings Set to Shine at Keeneland

By Mary Perdue
Lady at the Track

Heavy rain over the weekend thanks to Tropical Depression Gordon, including a flash flood warning for central Kentucky, will delay the start time for first four sessions of the the annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale marathon for two hours, allowing prospective buyers additional time to inspect the youngsters on offer while also allowing everything and everyone to dry out a bit.

Despite the delay, buyers and consigners alike are looking forward to the early sessions for a number of reasons, not the least of which are the expected high prices paid for the most well-bred and highly coveted thoroughbreds from the previous year’s foal crop, including the first from 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

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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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