Fifteen American Pharoah Yearlings Cataloged For Fasig-Tipton Saratoga
Triple Crown Winner Represented By Standout Colts And Fillies In Select Sale
By Mary Perdue
Buyers at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale, set for August 6 and 7, will have the opportunity to purchase 15 offspring by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the largest offering to date of this aspiring stallion superstar. Seven colts and eight fillies from graded stakes-producing families are slated to pass through the auction ring, and some already figure to be among the highest-priced yearlings to hammer down at the sale.
Ironically, fans may remember that only five years ago American Pharoah himself was offered as a yearling at this same sale, failing to meet his reserve at $300,000 before being bought back by breeder Ahmed Zayat. Is there another Triple Crown winner or Horse of the Year among his first crop? Here are some of his most exciting prospects:
Hip No. 3, dk b/br, c, out of Jewliana, by Smart Strike. Bred by Rosedown Racing and consigned by Taylor Made Sales., who also showed American Pharoah as a yearling. This colt’s second dam is grade 2 winner Roshani (by Fantastic Light) and is from the female family of sire Data Link.
“This is a very forward colt, mature for his age, with a precocious look,” Mark Taylor, Vice President of Marketing and Sales Operations for Taylor Made, said. “He has that very identifiable American Pharoah walk, and he’s come together quite well, which is why we decided to test the waters with him at this sale. Buyers coming to the farm to see him have been very positive, so hopefully he can overcome his early hip number. Of course, expectations are high for all these American Pharoahs, and whoever gets this one will get an athlete.”
Hip No. 9, ch, f, out of JZNow, by Tiznow. This pretty lass is a Zayat family homebred acquired through private sale after the Keeneland January sale for $140,000 by Jim and Katie Fitzgerald of Chilly Bleak Farm in Marshall, VA. The filly’s dam, Ticky Tacky (by Conquistador Cielo), is a half-sister to Pioneerof the Nile, making her inbred 4 x 3 to blue hen mare Castle Eight. Ticky Tacky also produced the Zayat-bred mare Toast to Ashley (by First Defence), whose American Pharoah weanling filly sold for $220,000, also at Keeneland in January,
Hip No. 10, b, c, out of JZ Warrior, by Harlan’s Holiday. A very impressive bay colt previously sold for $575,000 as a weanling to Scot and Evan Dilworth, LLC at Keeneland in January. Consigned by VanMeter/Gentry Sales and bred by Grousemont Farm, this colt has matured dramatically in the last eight months, as the following photo and video shows:
This colt was foaled and raised at Stockplace, along with other members of his female family, including grade 1 winner AZ Warrior, (by Bernardini), and grade 2 winner JoJo Warrior (by Pioneerof the Nile). American Pharoah himself was foaled at Stockplace.
To see video of this colt walking, click here.
Hip No. 216, b, f, out Flattermewithroses, by Flatter. This filly is owned by Lee Pokoik, who acquired her at the Fasig-Tipton November sale for $350,000.
“She has as good a walk as any yearling I’ve seen all year,” says Taylor, who also shows this filly as part of the Taylor Made consignment. “She’s a good representative of her sire. All the American Pharoahs have good minds and a lot of class. He’s throwing very positive traits.”
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Hip 231, ch, c, out of Global Finance, by End Sweep. This handsome colt is a half-brother to group 2 winner Acapulco (byScat Daddy). Acapulco, who won the Queen Mary Stakes (GII) at Ascot in 2015) most recently won the Sole Power Spring Stakes at The Curragh in May. Her little half-brother is a homebred for Dr. Charles Giles, who also bred Acapulco, and is also consigned by Taylor Made.
“He’s a very nice colt who just keeps getting better,” Taylor explained. “He was a little immature at first, but he’s come on lately and is maturing fast at the right time. Like at lot of the American Pharoahs, he has that good athletic swagger.”
To see this colt walking, click here.
Hip No. 240, b, c, out of Hessonite, by Freud. This colt’s dam is is a grade 3 winner and earner of $879,000 and hails from an international female family which includes King’s Rose and Anabandana, both champions in New Zealand. Owned by Dattt Farm, this colt is consigned by Denali Stud (Craig and Holly Bandoroff.)
“He’s a nice colt and one we’re excited about having at Saratoga,” Conrad Bandoroff of Denali Stud, says. “(His dam) Hessonite was so successful in New York. She was a hard-knocking, ultra consistent racehorse.
“One of the reasons we bought her was because she ran her race every time. She had heart and the will to win, which we’re hoping she’ll pass on to her foals.”
Lady and the Track will continue to cover the Fasig-Tipton sale through next week and keep you updated on sales results for all American Pharoah yearlings.
Sales sessions begin each evening at 6:30 p.m. ET and the live stream is available at www.fasigtipton.com
For photos and videos of American Pharoah growing up, visit www.taylormadeadvantage.com/americanpharoah