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American Pharoah Yearlings Continue To Shine As The Saratoga Sale Closes


First-Year Stallion Leads All Others In Select Sale

By Mary Perdue

Five more yearlings by 2015 Triple Crown hero American Pharoah were offered for sale at Fasig-Tipton’s final session of the annual The Saratoga Sale, which was held Tuesday evening at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The highest price for an American Pharoah on day two was the $875,000 that John C. Oxley paid for Hip No. 225, a chestnut daughter of Feeling Funny (by Distorted Humor). She was bred by Summer Wind Equine and consigned by Lane’s End, agent. Her dam is a stakes-winning full-sister to grade 1 winner and hot sire Jimmy Creed, as well as a half to multiple grade 1 winner Pussycat Doll (by Real Quiet); both are out of grade 1 winner Hookedonthefeelin (by Citidancer.)

American Pharoah–Beholden. Photo: Taylor Made Sales

The first American Pharoah yearling to pass through the ring on the final night was Hip No. 171, a bay filly out of Beholden (by Cat Thief), who brought a final bid of $625,000 from agent Steve Young. Consigned by Taylor Made, acting as agent for Town and Country Horse Farms LLC, the filly is a half-sister to grade 2 winner Brazen Persuasion.

“(The price is) a great result,” Mark Taylor, of Taylor Made Farm, said of the filly’s successful sale.

Hip No. 224, bay colt out of Funfair (by More Than Ready), who was bred by Glenvale Stud and consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, fetched $525,000 from Hartley-DeRenzo. The colt is from the family of Dynever, who earned $2.6 million; Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI) winner Furthest Land; and $3.3 million-earner Gold Allure.

Hip No. 231, a chestnut colt out of Global Finance (by End Sweep), brought a final bid of $300,000 from M.V. Magnier. He was bred by in Kentucky Dr. Charles Giles, who also bred the colt’s half-sister, group 2 winner Acapulc, and was part of the Taylor Made consignment. Magnier, together with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, also purchased another American Pharoah, Hip No. 62, for $1 million out of the auction’s first session the previous evening.

The final American Pharoah to pass through the Saratoga sales ring on Tuesday was Hip No. 240, a bay colt out of Hessonite (by Freud). Bred by DATTT Farm, he was consigned by Denali Stud (Craig and Holly Bandoroff), agent, but he failed to meet his reserve at $495,000.

Overall American Pharoah had a very successful two nights at The Saratoga Sale from his first crop of foals, with six offered and five sold on the first night – one for $1.2 million and one for $1 million — for an average of $536,000, putting the son of Pioneerof the Nile at the top the top of the first-year sire list for the sale’s first session.

On night two, five were on offer and four sold for an average of $596,000.

Also on Tuesday, Keeneland announced today that a total of 81 American Pharoah yearlings have been consigned to this year’s marathon Keeneland September Yearling Sale, set to be held September 10 through 22 in Lexington, KY.

LATT will be on hand to report on the progress of American Pharoah’s offspring at that sale, so stay tuned.

For full Fasig-Tipton The Saratoga Sale results, go to