American Pharoah's Breeding Rights Sold

Newsdate: Wed 20 May 2015 - 07:35 am
Location: LEXINGTON, Kentucky

Triple Crown contender American Pharoah has become the latest high-profile acquisition by breeding giants Coolmore after it was revealed the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner will stand at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky when he retires.

American Pharoah after Preakness win

American Pharoah after Preakness win

After announcing on Tuesday that he had sold American Pharoah's breeding rights after receiving an offer described as "too good to pass up", owner Ahmed Zayat confirmed Coolmore to be the successful bidders on Wednesday.
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After announcing on Tuesday that he had sold American Pharoah's breeding rights after receiving an offer described as "too good to pass up", owner Ahmed Zayat confirmed Coolmore to be the successful bidders on Wednesday.

Zayat tweeted: "Proud to announce that new home of American Pharoah after he retires will be Ashford."

American Pharoah will bid to become the first US Triple Crown winner in 37 years when he contests the Belmont Stakes next month and will continue to carry the colors of his owner-breeder, who has retained the horse's racing rights.

The son of Pioneer of The Nile has won five races at the highest level for Bob Baffert, the last of which came in the Preakness when he made all under Victor Espinoza to win by seven lengths.

Even if he succeeds at Belmont, American Pharoah will not be retired immediately according to Zayat. "Whatever happens in the Belmont, American Pharoah is an outstanding sire prospect," said Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan.

"He's already a champion two-year-old and has won his first four starts at three by over 30 lengths. It's very exciting to think about how much more he might achieve."

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