Another First-Time Starter Winner for American Pharoah


American Pharoah | Coolmore photo

10th-Saratoga, $72,000, Msw, 7-29, 3yo/up, f/m, 5 1/2fT, 1:02.63, fm.
ZERO TO SIXTY (f, 3, American Pharoah–Cat Moves {GISW, $315,350}, by Tale of the Cat) eased out to 7-1 after being as low as 5-1 and kicked it in an eighth of a mile from home to graduate in sparkling fashion in the Wednesday finale from Saratoga. Drawn widest in the field of nine, the $320,000 Keeneland September was beaten for speed and raced in the latter half of the field for the opening furlong before advancing outside into midpack nearing the entrance to the turn. Held together for a four-wide sweep on the bend, she came out in upper stretch and found that extra gear for the final furlong, besting Let The Eat Cake (Animal Kingdom) by 1 1/2 lengths. Zero To Sixty's dam broke her maiden by 8 1/4 lengths at first asking for Tony Dutrow and the late Ned Evans and added a 3/4-length victory in the GI Prioress S. two starts later ahead of a third in this track's GI Test S. in 2009. Zero To Sixty carries inbreeding to Storm Cat, which can also be found in three of American Pharoah's nine stakes winners to date (Sweet Melania, Ocean Atlantique and Danon Pharaoh). Cat Moves, who fetched $2.4 million in foal to Malibu Moon at KEENOV in 2011, was knocked down for $400,000 carrying to Candy Ride (Arg) at the same auction in 2017. The resulting foal, a colt, has since been exported to Saudi Arabia, while Cat Moves produced a filly by Widden Stud's Zoustar (Aus) (Northern Meteor {Aus}) following her export to Australia. She was barren to Justify for 2020. This is also the extended female family of GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Hootenanny (Quality Road). Sales history: $100,000 RNA Wlg '17 KEENOV; $320,000 Ylg '18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $39,600. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Columbine Stable LLC; B-Adena Springs (KY); T-Albert M Stall Jr.

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