American Pharoah’s Australian sojourn excites racehorse breeders

American Pharoah winning the Haskell Stakes.
American Pharoah winning the Haskell Stakes.

US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is to stand at stud for the 2017 Southern Hemisphere season at Coolmore Australia.

“We have been overwhelmed by interest from Australasian breeders in American Pharoah ever since he retired to stud in Kentucky” said Coolmore Australia’s Tom Magnier. “It’s well recognised that he is a once-in-a-lifetime horse and the opportunity to bring him to Australia is an irresistible one.”

The 2015 US Horse of the Year will stand for a fee of $A66,000 and be based in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. American Pharoah will return home to Kentucky for the 2018 season at Ashford Stud.

“I was at Belmont Park the day he won the third leg of the Triple Crown and I can honestly say I have never seen a racehorse like him in my life,” Magnier said.

“He is a faultless physical specimen and free of Danehill blood, so is a perfect complement to our own band of Fastnet Rock and Danehill mares. We will be supporting him with our own quality mares and we have already had a number of top breeders approach us with the intention of supporting him heavily.”

American Pharoah was the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

Air Force Blue in the Dewhurst Stakes.
Air Force Blue in the Dewhurst Stakes.

He will be joined in Australia by another Coolmore stallion, European Champion colt Air Force Blue, the highest-rated two year-old ever from the Danzig sire line. His three Group1 wins as a juvenile saw him earn a Timeform rating of 128p, making him the highest-rated two-year-old in Europe for nearly 20 years, with the exception of Frankel.

“I am a strong believer in the best racehorses making the best sires and Air Force Blue was an incredible two year-old,” said Coolmore Australia Sales and Nominations Manager Colm Santry.

“We have received an overwhelming response to American Pharoah, with great breeders booking quality mares within hours of his announcement. He is now fully booked with plenty of others on a waiting list. There is a real appetite amongst breeders for these elite racehorses and Air Force Blue sits comfortably in that category,” Santry said.

Air Force Blue will stand for a fee of $16,500.

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