11/19/2017 7:49PM

American Pharoah among top covering sires at Keeneland


While Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's first crop of weanlings was a hot topic of interest at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, his yet-to-arrive second crop also drew plenty of attention.

American Pharoah, who is based at Coolmore's Ashford Stud, was represented by 11 mares in foal at Keeneland sold for a combined $4,785,000, ranking him fifth among all covering sires by gross. His average price in the category was $435,000, ranking him seventh in the category among those with three or more sold.

American Pharoah's top mare in foal sold was Life Well Lived, purchased for $1.25 million by bloodstock agent James Delahooke on behalf of celebrity Thoroughbred owner and breeder Bobby Flay. The mare, a full sister to Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed, is the dam of Grade 1 winner American Patriot.

Life Well Lived is just one of the Grade 1 producers in American Pharoah's strong second book, illustrating his unique circumstances as the first Triple Crown winner in nearly four decades. Young stallions typically garner strong books of mares when they retire to stud, with their supporters looking to get them off to a strong start, then cool down for a few years until their progeny are proven on the racetrack or in the sale ring. But in American Pharoah's case, his second book was exceptionally strong.

Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady delivered a filly from American Pharoah’s first crop this spring, and was bred back to the young stallion again for a 2018 foal. The mare is the dam of champion Will Take Charge and Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy, and is the second dam of champion Take Charge Brandi. American Pharoah’s book included a second Broodmare of the Year this season in Leslie’s Lady, dam of four-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Mendelssohn, and Grade 1 winner and leading sire Into Mischief.

Other standouts in American Pharoah’s second book included Maryinsky, dam of European champion Peeping Fawn and Group 1 winner Thewayyouare, and Peeping Fawn herself, already a stakes producer. The book also included a pair of Eclipse Award champion juvenile fillies in Indian Blessing and She Be Wild.

American Pharoah’s third book already includes at least one champion – Stellar Wind, who Coolmore purchased for $6 million to lead Keeneland November. 

• Multiple Grade 1 winner Frosted was Keeneland November's leading first-year covering sire by both gross and average, with 12 mares sold for $2,795,000, an average of $232,917. Champion sprinter Runhappy checked in second by gross in the category, with 14 sold for $2,308,000.

Immensely popular two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome had four mares in foal sold for $625,000, an average of $156,250.