Let's Catch Up With American Pharoah

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D.S. Williamson

September 9th, 2018

Santa Anita runs the Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, Sep. 29. I thought it might be a good idea to check in on the horse that broke the 37-years Triple Crown drought. American Pharoah currently stands at Coolmore.

Check out the specific on Pharoah's stud career. As one might expect, it's got off to a rocking start.

American Pharoah Could Emerge as America's Next Great Stud Horse

Pharoah's 2018 Stud Fee

If you check out Coolmore Stud's American Pharoah page, you'll notice that the 2015 Triple Crown winner's stud fee is private. Coolmore wants you to call and ask about American Pharoah's stud fee. Why would they do this?

Right after American Pharoah retired, Coolmore set his stud fee at $200,000. AP started covering mares in February, 2016. Per Mint Julep, he spent some time covering mares at Coolmore Australia. American Pharoah covered about 150 mares from July, 2017 to December, 2017. After about 100 breeding sessions, AP had 80 mares in foal.

One of those foals, an Untouched Talent filly, sold for $1,000,000 at Fasig-Tipson at Keeneland. Another foal sold for $400,000.

When Will American Pharoah's Kids Run?

American Pharoah's children should start running in 2019. All horses turn a year older at the beginning of the year. Pharoah's first child was born in January, 2017. That means the first of American Pharoah's crop, all born in 2017, turn 2-years-old on January 1, 2019.

You can expect to watch American Pharoah's kids on the racetrack at some point in 2019.

Expectations for American Pharoah's Foals

Expectations are incredibly high. American Pharoah's $200,000 live foal stud fee cost the second most in North America. Only Tapit charges more to cover mares. Coolmore might want to see how American Pharoah's children run before charging more, or less, than $200,000.

It's almost impossible to predict how well American Pharoah's kids will run on the racetrack. Seattle Slew, the last great American stud horse, produced runners that were just as likely to enter the starting gate at Emerald Downs as they were to run in Grade 1 races at Belmont Park.

American Pharoah might have an advantage over other stud horses that makes him one of the top sires, if not the top, in North America, though. Unlike some other stud horses, Pharoah had a sharp mind on the racetrack. He could process things much better than other horses. That made him incredibly trainable.

It also made him a dream for Victor Espinoza to ride. By the time American Pharoah had won the Breeders' Cup Classic, he had become one of the best horses to every run. His mind is what made him that good. AP's talent took him to the top. His mind took him over the top.

If American Pharoah can translate the professionalism he showed on the racetrack to his children, he could produce winner after winner. Many of those should win Grade 1 races.