11/02/2015 1:06PM

American Pharoah settles in at new home

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American Pharoah at Ashford Stud on Monday.

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah took the short van ride to his second career on Monday morning, arriving at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., where he will begin stallion duty next spring.

Coolmore acquired the breeding rights to American Pharoah earlier this year before his Triple Crown run. The 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile concluded his career with a 6 1/2-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Keeneland, his eighth Grade 1 score at as many different tracks for owner and breeder Zayat Stables.

“It’s a huge relief [to now have him on the farm], and we’re extremely lucky to have the horse,” Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier said after the colt was settled into his stall. “Kudos to [trainer Bob Baffert]. From the outset, a long time ago, he was telling us how good this horse was. And thankfully, we got a deal done with the Zayats, and they’re very good people. He’s just an exceptional horse, everything about him. Hopefully, we’ll do half as good a job as Bob has.”

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American Pharoah received a police escort to the farm from Keeneland, with Baffert, assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes, exercise rider Georgie Alvarez, and groom Eduardo “Lalo” Luna among those waiting to welcome him to his new home. Barnes led American Pharoah off the van before handing the shank over to Ashford stallion manager Richard Barry, who will be responsible for overseeing the colt’s transition to farm life.

Barry said American Pharoah will be turned out in the next few days with a special “baby-sitter” in the paddock next door – 23-year-old dual classic winner Thunder Gulch, now pensioned from stud duty.

“Young horses, when they get out, tend to run around a lot,” Barry said. “And if you put a 23-year-old boy beside him, he’ll kind of look at him and go, ‘Son, you can run on your own.’ And he’ll spend an hour looking at Thunder Gulch eating grass and trying to get him to run, and he won’t run anywhere. And then he’ll figure out that he should eat some grass himself.”

After settling into his routine, the next hurdle for American Pharoah will come when he is test bred to check his fertility and to teach him the mechanics of the breeding shed, likely sometime in December.

Ashford has not announced its stud fees for the upcoming breeding season. Currently, the farm’s highest-priced stallion is perennial leading sire Giant’s Causeway, who stood for an advertised fee of $85,000 in 2015. American Pharoah will be one of two new stallions on Coolmore’s American roster for 2016, along with Grade 1-winning juvenile Competitive Edge.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
I Guess the naysayers have finally retired from criticizing this horse. We don't see them telling every one how Tonalist and Honour Code were going to burst his bubble..fact is this horse was always head and shoulders better than his competition. Personally I think he's beats were aberrations that have nothing to do with his ability and a lot to do with extraneous circumstances
gradeonewinner More than 1 year ago
I wish he could breed to Treve that would be unbelievable, triple crown winner with an arc winner. WOW
Candy Chitty More than 1 year ago
I hate to see Bob and Pharoah parting and I didn't get a warm fuzzy feeling when Richard Barry was handling Pharoah. He seemed abrupt, cold and unimpressed with the magnificence of American Pharoah. Gosh I hope Coolmore is good to him.
Keval Ananda More than 1 year ago
Once he gets interested in grass he'll put on the pounds. We will never see him in that fine top athletic stature again….He'll get a belly like all the other stallions and average horses…Alas….too bad he cannot be kept in shape with some Dressage 2 or 3 times a week for 20 minutes. It would prolong his life. I am sure nothing bad would happen to him. Quite the contrary. Why don't they allow even little exercise…Insurance? pay!!!. The excess weight is a killer….
Candy Chitty More than 1 year ago
I so agree Keval. I hope they ride him like they did Seattle Slew. Nobody though will care for him like Baffert's Team.
Matthew Linda More than 1 year ago
The ladies can't wait for his 'REAL' talent. Mr. Pharoah saved the 'SPORT OF KINGS' for the next generation. God bless and keep him 'SAFE'. Jersey Skip
Frank More than 1 year ago
"Mr. Pharoah saved the 'SPORT OF KINGS' for the next generation." Are you for real? This did nothing for horse racing as far as bringing new bettors. we are still the last generation. This and the next generation feel horse racing is a cruel sport -- read the blogs....
Sabina Doughty More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this horse and hope to visit him. He is truly a gift from God.
Tony Garrido More than 1 year ago
I will expect a stud fee well over 250 G....his sire stu fee will be 125 G
kingsailor2 More than 1 year ago
DRF posted an interesting story without charging for it. Hooray !!!
Dr. Garry Dulgar More than 1 year ago
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