01/03/2017 7:29PM

American Pharoah's first foal born in Kentucky

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Courtesy of Brookdale Farm
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's first foal is a colt born at Brookdale Farm in Kentucky, out of the young Tizway mare Kakadu.

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's first foal has arrived.

The highly-anticipated arrival, coming early in the foaling season in North America, is a colt born Jan. 3 at the Seitz family’s Brookdale Farm in Versailles, Ky. The farm, a full-service Thoroughbred boarding and sales operation, “happily” reported that the bay colt with white points was born at 12:30 a.m.

The colt is the first foal out of the well-bred Kakadu, who is boarded at Brookdale for her owner-breeder Oussama Aboughazale’s International Equities Holding Co. Kakadu, a 4-year-old daughter of Tizway, was unplaced in her only start late in 2015 for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Out of the A.P. Indy mare Alpha Spirit, Kakadu is a half-sister to four-time graded stakes winner Protonico, who was also Grade 1-placed; as well as a half-sister to stakes-placed African Fighter. The latter is by Tiznow, the sire of Tizway. Kakadu's second dam is Chilean Horse of the Year Wild Spirit, who came to the U.S. to win the Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap and place in two other Grade 1 events. She in turn produced stakes winner Diva Spirit, a full sister to Alpha Spirit, and stakes-placed Wild Zambezi.

American Pharoah stands at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., and covered 208 mares in his first season, making him the third-busiest stallion in North America in 2016, according to The Jockey Club's Report of Mares Bred. Befitting his status as the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, his star-studded first book included Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady and her champion-producing daughter Charming; Grade 2 winner Ivanavinalot, dam of champion Songbird; Playa Maya, dam of champion and stellar young sire Uncle Mo; Arch’s Gal Edith, dam of dual classic winner and champion I’ll Have Another; Untouched Talent, dam of Grade 1 winner and dual classic-placed Bodemeister; champion Judy the Beauty; Grade 1 winners  Awesome Maria and Joyful Victory.

American Pharoah, a 5-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile, stood that initial season for an advertised fee of $200,000. He will stand for a private fee in his second season when Kentucky breeding sheds open in mid-February.