05/20/2015 6:23AM

American Pharoah to stand at Ashford Stud when racing career ends

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Barbara D. Livingston
American Pharoah wins the Preakness Stakes last Saturday.

Dual classic winner American Pharoah, seeking to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, will stand at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., upon his retirement, owner Ahmed Zayat said Wednesday morning.

American Pharoah, a son of Pioneerof the Nile, races as a homebred for Zayat Stables. Zayat said Tuesday evening that he will retain management of the colt through the end of his 3-year-old campaign, and that the colt would continue to race in his colors.

Last year’s Eclipse Award champion juvenile male, he has won six of seven career starts for earnings of $3,730,300, with Grade 1 triumphs in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Arkansas Derby, Del Mar Futurity, and FrontRunner Stakes. He is training at Churchill Downs for his bid for the Belmont Stakes on June 6; a victory would make him the 12th American Triple Crown winner, and the first since Affirmed in 1978. Incentives are attached to the stud deal should American Pharoah win the Triple Crown, and should he add other major victories this season.

“Whatever happens in the Belmont, American Pharoah is an outstanding sire prospect and we’re very grateful to the Zayat family for entrusting us with his stallion career,” Ashford manager Dermot Ryan said. “He’s already a champion 2-year-old and has won his first four starts at 3 by over 20 lengths. It’s very exciting to think about how much more he might achieve.”

The Magnier family’s Coolmore, which has full-scale stallion operations in Kentucky, Ireland, and Australia, stood 13 stallions at Ashford for 2015. In recent years, the operation has placed a premium on juvenile champions, standing Lookin At Lucky (2009 divisional champion), Uncle Mo (2010), and Shanghai Bobby (2012) at Ashford for 2015. It also stood Hansen (2011) for his first season before he was sold to stand in Korea.

American Pharoah will join Lookin At Lucky, who won the Preakness and went on to win the 2010 Eclipse as champion 3-year-old male, as American classic winners on the active Ashford roster. He will be the second Derby winner on the active roster, joining Fusaichi Pegasus (2000).

American Pharoah is from the second crop of Grade 1 winner Pioneerof the Nile, a Zayat homebred who stands at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. He will be the second son at stud for the young sire, joining multiple graded stakes winner Cairo Prince, who began his career at Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky., this season.

American Pharoah hails from a productive branch of the Mr. Prospector sireline launched by Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Unbridled. Pioneerof the Nile is by Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, one of three classic winners sired by Unbridled. Unbridled’s sons at stud included popular on-track and commercial sire Unbridled’s Song. He also sired Grindstone, whose son Birdstone was represented by two classic winners from his first crop.

Leola Stewart More than 1 year ago
This breaks my heart !! I have been to Ashford stud Farm and their horses are so sad !! Behind a grill that Their head can not even poke out of, compared to Other stud farms there is no heart here, they are just A commodity. How sad for a horse that loves people and Bob Baffert says is like a pethe won't get to run In a pasture again for years ! I hated it there and they Could learn a lot from Claiborne farms
Leola Stewart More than 1 year ago
I also asked stable manager of they go out At night and he said never!!
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
It's too bad the nature of the game is when a horse like American Pharoah comes along they get whisked off to stud at the end of their 3yo year just when they start to capture the imagination of the racing world and new fans to the Sport Of Kings. I understand it part of the business but if you have no fans to come out and support the game because after all no one will be going to see the horse breed they want to see them on the track entertaining us and creating much hype for the sport old and new to the game. Keep whisking these special one's off the breeding shed and soon breeding will die just like the sport is.
Vick Harris More than 1 year ago
I agree
Vick Harris More than 1 year ago
Plus DRF+ keeps charging for free info that prevents the fans from taking intrest
Jeff Cernik More than 1 year ago
This is great for racing . Hoping now more than ever for him to win Triple crown
Robin Whitlatch More than 1 year ago
California Chrome is running at 4 y/o and all I hear and read is wining, complaining and etc about the races he is running and where he is running. Would be the same thing with AP and just more leg humpers trying to tell Zayat how to manage the horse because all the fans know better don't you know..
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
That's why COOL MORE rules.
Robert Darling More than 1 year ago
Please , Please , Let him run at age 4 , if only for 6 or 7 races. Horse racing is going downhill and NEEDS a horse to follow. This ONE horse could change horse racing forever.Please , I beg of you , Let him run !!! Robert J. Darling Providence , R.I.
John Lovell More than 1 year ago
it's great that he will remain in the U.S. Hope he runs at 4.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
How ironic that Ashford Stud's sire Lookin At Lucky is the sire of Madefromlucky.....who will beat American Pharoah in the Belmont. However, I do agree, whether AP wins or loses the Belmont, he is a very nice sire prospect.
Ann Maree More than 1 year ago
Even if it's unlikely he will race at 4, we still should celebrate this deal. Without operations like Zayat and others who pour their money into the sport reaping some lucrative benefits, the sport would soon die out for lack of anyone being able to afford to buy or breed Thoroughbreds. This is the way it works. And, it's not impossible that he will continue to race into next year, although it is unlikely since the cost of insurance alone would deter any racing beyond the end of this year. Let's hope he wins the TC and that they allow him to run in some stakes the last half of the year. We can enjoy him while we have him. Also, he won't go overseas, unless he does shuttle duty for Coollmore at other locations. That's a good thing.
Melann Johnston More than 1 year ago
You are so right!! I am glad that Pharoah is staying in the US. For now at least!!
Mac McKerral More than 1 year ago
FP stands at Ashford.