11/02/2016 10:56AM

American Pharoah's first in-foal mares selling at Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland

Barbara D. Livingston
American Pharoah will have mares carrying foals from his first crop consigned to the November mixed sales.

At about this time last year, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was preparing for his final career start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which he won by 6 1/2 lengths to put an exclamation point on his Horse of the Year season.

This fall, American Pharoah’s days will be much quieter, as he is essentially enjoying a life of leisure until breeding season begins again next February at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. But a different challenge is imminent for the young stallion.

American Pharoah will get his first test in the commercial arena when 15 mares carrying foals from his first crop are offered at Kentucky’s major fall mixed sales. Four of those will go through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale Nov. 7, while 11 will be offered at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which begins the following day, Nov. 8, and runs through Nov. 20.

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“I think everybody in the world is excited about the future of American Pharoah,” Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said. “It’s really cool to see some of these top, top racehorses look like they could become major influences as stallions. The future seems very bright for American Pharoah, and we’re happy to kick off the marketplace for offerings associated with American Pharoah.”

American Pharoah’s mares in foal at Fasig-Tipton are led by stakes winner I’m a Dixie Girl, dam of Grade 1 winner Mor Spirit. The mare is from the family of champion Stellar Wind and Grade 1 winner Great Hunter. Also cataloged at Fasig-Tipton are Grade 1-placed runners Light the City and Maybellene.

Mares at Keeneland November in foal to American Pharoah are led by Grade 1 winner Crisp; Grade 2 winner Bsharpsonata, dam of two graded-stakes-placed runners; and Yong Musician, dam of a Grade 1-placed runner.

American Pharoah (by Pioneerof the Nile) covered 208 mares in his first season at stud, making him the third-most-active stallion in North America, according to The Jockey Club’s Report of Mares Bred. His 15 mares in foal at the Kentucky fall sales – nine of whom have won or placed in graded stakes or have produced a graded stakes horse – represent a small sampling of the quality of his book. Mares bred to American Pharoah this year include Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady and her daughter Charming, who produced champion Take Charge Brandi; champions Indian Blessing and Judy the Beauty; graded stakes winner Ivanavinalot, dam of unbeaten champion Songbird; Arch’s Gal Edith, dam of dual classic winner and champion I’ll Have Another; and Mo Chuisle, Playa Maya, and Steelin’, each of whom have produced a champion.

American Pharoah is not the only champion with his first mares in foal on offer this fall. There is a particularly strong roster of first-year covering stallions in Kentucky. The three Eclipse Award finalists for champion older male last year – Honor Code, Liam’s Map, and Tonalist – all retired to Lane’s End for this season, and all have mares in foal entered at the Keeneland November sale. Honor Code (A.P. Indy) earned the championship with victories in the Metropolitan Handicap and Whitney and a third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He has 24 mares in foal cataloged at Keeneland, including Classic Strike, dam of Grade 1 winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies contender Union Strike, and multiple graded stakes winner Unzip Me. Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam’s Map (Unbridled’s Song) and Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist (Tapit) also are represented in the catalog, with 26 and 23 mares, respectively.

Bill Farish of Lane’s End said the market response to first-year covering sires is informative but that how their first foals sell in subsequent years is much more important in establishing their commercial reputation.

“It’s important, but I don’t think it’s vital,” he said. “The way the foals sell the next year is really much more important.”

The one-night Fasig-Tipton sale provides less of a cross-section of the market. American Pharoah is the only first-year covering sire with more than one mare in foal in the catalog, and one of only three first-year covering sires represented there overall. The others are Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice (Curlin) and Grade 1 winner Daredevil (More Than Ready). Palace Malice, who also won the Met Mile, is the covering sire of Royalty, a full sister to champion Summer Bird. The Three Chimneys stallion is represented by 28 mares in foal at Keeneland.

Daredevil, who has 16 mares in foal at Keeneland, was part of a strong group of new stallions for WinStar Farm. Also entering stud this year were dual Grade 1 winners Carpe Diem (Giant’s Causeway) and Constitution (Tapit), with 30 and 15 mares, respectively, and classic-placed Commissioner (A.P. Indy), with 16.

Other prominent stallions represented by their first mares in foal at Keeneland include Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern; Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle; Breeders’ Cup Mile and European classic winner Karakontie; classic-placed Medal Count; and Grade 1 winners Competitive Edge, Danza, Jack Milton, Lea, Mr. Speaker, and Palace. International Group 1 winners with their first mares in foal are Gleneagles and Hampton Court.