11/07/2016 4:31PM

Pharoah's fee private for '17, Uncle Mo's doubles

Barbara D. Livingston
The 2017 stud fee for Uncle Mo has jumped to $150,000, up from $75,000 in 2016.

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will stand for a private fee and record-setting young sire Uncle Mo will get a significant hike in 2017, Coolmore’s Ashford Stud of Kentucky announced on Monday.

American Pharoah stood for an advertised fee of $200,000 in his first season at stud this year, tying him with War Front at Claiborne Farm as the second most expensive stallion in the country for 2016, with that pair only trailing Tapit (Gainesway Farm) at $300,000. Some breeders were later offered a two-for-one deal, able to breed two approved mares for a combined $200,000.

The son of Pioneerof the Nile was the third most active stallion in North America in 2016, covering 208 mares, according to The Jockey Club’s Report of Mares Bred. His book included multiple Grade 1 winner and 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.

Uncle Mo, who sired Kentucky Derby winner and juvenile champion Nyquist in his first crop, continues his ascension, with a fee set at $150,000. The young stallion stood for $25,000 in 2015. After he set a single-season record for earnings by a North American freshman sire, that tripled to $75,000 in 2016, a figure that now doubles.

Uncle Mo was the most active stallion in North America in 2016, covering 253 mares, according to The Jockey Club. His book for 2017 already includes three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder.

Ashford adds two new stallions for 2017, with Group 1 winner Air Force Blue debuting at $25,000, and Australian champion Vancouver standing his first Northern Hemisphere shuttle season for $15,000.

Stalwarts Giant's Causeway and Tale of the Cat will stand for $75,000 and $30,000, respectively. The Ashford roster is rounded out by Declaration of War at $35,000; Munnings and Shanghai Bobby at $25,000; Lookin At Lucky and Verrazano at $17,500; Competitive Edge and Stay Thirsty at $10,000; and Fusaichi Pegasus and Magician at $7,500.