11/10/2016 4:51PM

American Pharoah posts solid average at fall sales

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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah got his first real test in the commercial arena this week, when mares carrying foals from his first crop went through the ring at the major Kentucky fall mixed sales. He passed in solid fashion, as 10 of those mares sold for an average of $440,000.

At the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale, three mares sold for a combined $1,625,000, an average of $541,000. The group was led by Grade 1-placed stakes winner Light the City, who sold to Breeze Easy for $600,000.

Across town at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, American Pharoah was represented by seven mares in foal sold during Books 1 and 2 for $2,775,000, an average of $396,429. The top price was $600,000 for Wile Cat, an unraced Storm Cat mare who is the dam of Group 3 winner Shumoos. The mare joins Springhouse Farm.

American Pharoah’s stud fee was advertised at $200,000 for his initial season (some breeders were reported to pay a two-for-one fee on approved mares) when he covered 208 mares, according to the Jockey Club’s Report of Mares Bred. He will stand for a private fee in 2017 at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

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