11/06/2017 6:23PM

Fasig-Tipton November: American Pharoah makes strong debut

An American Pharoah half-sister to Bodemeister sold for $1 million Monday night at Fasig-Tipton.

It's not often that a first-crop weanling sire breaks out with a seven-figure youngster at public auction. But it's not often that a Triple Crown winner comes to stud, either.

A $1-million filly led the results for American Pharoah Monday night as the young stallion, who is based at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky, averaged a price of $475,000 from five members of his first crop offered Monday night at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale.

"They're selling great," Coolmore's M.V. Magnier said of the weanlings. "They're all great movers. They seem to move very much like him."

Emmanuel de Seroux's Narvick International appeared on the sales ticket for the $1-million filly out of Untouched Talent, tying the Fasig-Tipton record weanling price that had just been established earlier in the evening by a Street Sense filly. Narvick was purchasing the filly on behalf of the Ito family's Grand Farm of Japan.

"We loved her as a type, but obviously, her pedigree is outstanding," de Seroux said. "Mr. Ito is a breeder, so he will keep her to breed. We've seen a few [by American Pharoah], fillies mainly. We were looking at fillies only, so we didn't see the colts. We liked them. There's a couple at Keeneland that we've seen that we like, so he looks very promising."

Untouched Talent, a Grade 3-winning and Grade 1-placed daighter of Storm Cat, was a $5-million purchase by Coolmore out of the 2012 Fasig-Tipton November sale. The mare is the dam of dual classic-placed Grade 1 winner Bodemeister and multiple Grade 1-placed juvenile Fascinating. Bodemeister, the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming in his first crop, is by Empire Maker, grandsire of American Pharoah.

“She had tons of talent,” trainer Jeff Bonde said of Untouched Talent. “She wasn’t a real big horse, but she had a real big [stride]. Another filly that gave it her all every time."

The seven-figure filly was consigned by Eaton Sales.

"I'm going to tell you, these American Pharoahs are going to blow through the roof," Eaton's Reiley McDonald said. "The ones I've seen are outstanding, and he's stamping them. They've got huge shoulders and great hip, good length and scope, so this is just the beginning."

After Untouched Talent's filly, American Pharoah's next most-expensive offering was a colt sold to Oussama Aboughazale's International Equities Holdings. Aboughazale, who races as Sumaya US Stables, bred American Pharoah's first foal, born in January at Brookdale Farm, and has invested heavily in the young stallion, also purchasing several mares in foal to him earlier this year to stock his Kentucky farm.

“He and we regard this as a very nice, up-and-coming family," Fred Seitz, Jr., of Brookdale said. "When American Pharoah retired, it was obvious he wanted to breed a couple mares to him.”

Aboughazale's latest acquisition, consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales, as agent, is a half brother to multiple Grade/Group 1-placed stakes winner Giovanni Boldini.

American Pharoah was also represented by a $350,000 filly out of stakes winner Flattermewithroses, sold to trainer Gary Contessa, as agent; a $250,000 filly sold to Northface Bloodstock, from the family of Grade 2 winner Mini Sermon; and a $250,000 colt out of stakes-placed Sheraton Park, sold to Yellow Stone Bloodstock.

“They’re very, very classy,” said Adrian Regan, manager of Hunter Valley Farm, which consigned Contessa's purchase. “Beautiful movers. They’re well-balanced horses, and he seems to really stamp his foals so far, from what we’ve seen. Every single one of them has been classy, classy mentally.”

-- additional reporting by Joe Nevills