American Pharoah

Mare in Foal to American Pharoah Heads Wanamaker's January

My Dixie Doodle (Dixie Union-My Success, by A.P. Indy), in foal to American Pharoah, highlights the upcoming Wanamaker's January online auction. Offered by agent Stuart Morris, My Dixie Doodle is the dam of stakes-placed Prince of Pharoahs (American Pharoah) and up and 3-year-old, Chrome Dixie (California Chrome). Live bidding will open at 8:00 a.m. ET Jan. 28 and the first listing will close at 5:00 p.m. ET with subsequent listings ending in three-minute increments. Detailed buying information can be found at www.wanamakers.com/buy. Prospective buyers may browse the website to view...

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Kentucky Sires for 2021: Third-Crop Sires, Part I

It's now or never, guys! The deeper we go into our survey of Kentucky covering options for 2021, the fewer stallions remain standing. And those we reach today, about to launch a third crop of juveniles, have entered a decisive stage of their climb. Two or three are ascending confidently toward the next ridge; a handful are clinging tenaciously to a ledge; but many are now slithering unhappily down through the scree. Several have already disappeared into regional or overseas programs. For now, the leading Bluegrass farms are persevering with...

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Jan. 17 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency PRICEY PHAROAH COLT DEBUTS AT BIG A 1st-AQU, $80K, Msw, 3yo, 7f, 12:20p.m. Centennial Farms went to $500,000 at Keeneland September to acquire KHAFRE (American Pharoah) and he debuts in this spot for Jimmy Jerkens. The chestnut fired back-to-back bullets leading up to this test, most recently covering a half-mile in :47 1/5 (1/40) over the Belmont training track. A half-sibling to SW Plentiful (Harlan's Holiday), Khafre's second dam is GSW Spring Meadow (Meadowlake). TJCIS PPs

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Notable US-Breds in Japan: Dec. 19 & 20, 2020

In this continuing series, we take a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for this weekend running at Nakayama and Hanshin Racecourses, the latter of which plays host to the G1 Asahi Hai Futurity S.: Saturday, December 19, 2020 7th-HSN, ¥13,830,000 ($134k), Allowance, 2yo, 1800m FRANCE GO DE INA (c, 2, Will Take Charge--Dreamy Blues, by Curlin) was...

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The Eclipse Award Winners, Rating the Best of the Best

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Eclipse Awards, the NTRA is holding a promotion in which fans will be asked to chose the top 10 horses and the top jockey and trainer during the five-decade era. Click here to play. Here are this writer's picks. It wasn't easy. Horses: Secretariat: Champion 2-Year-Old Male (1972); Champion 3-Year-Old Male (1973); Champion Male Turf Horse (1973); Horse of the Year (1972, 1973). Could be the best horse who ever lived. What more needs to be said?   Seattle Slew: Champion 2-Year-Old Male...

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Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Dec. 12 & 13, 2020

In this continuing series, we take a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for this weekend running at Chukyo and Hanshin Racecourses: 2nd-HSN, ¥9,680,000 ($93k), Maiden, 2yo, 1800m AMERICAN PEACE (c, 2, Tapit--La Cloche, by Ghostzapper) is one of at least four runners by this sire entered this weekend for owner Katsumi Yoshizawa of Master Fencer (Jpn) fame...

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MGG Wants Zayat Debt Ruled 'Non-Dischargeable' Because of Alleged Fraud

MGG Investment Group, LP, is already nearly a year into a civil lawsuit initiated to try and recoup $24 million in loan defaults by Ahmed Zayat and his family-owned bloodstock and racing operation. Now the New York-based lender is going after the insolvent Triple Crown-winning owner and breeder in a different court by trying to get a federal bankruptcy judge to rule that some of Zayat's debts shouldn't be legally forgiven under the Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection he is seeking because those loans were the product of years of systematic...

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Baffert Pointing Life Is Good to Sham

Two-year-old sensation and 'TDN Rising Star' Life Is Good (Into Mischief) will likely make his next start in the GIII Sham S. on Jan. 2 at Santa Anita, reports trainer Bob Baffert. The one-mile event carries a purse of $100,000. "If all is going well, it looks like the Sham will be his next race," Baffert said. "It will give me a chance to stretch him out. Then I will decide on what's next and look at races like the Rebel at Oaklawn." Owned by WinStar Farm and the China...

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Sunday Insights: Mandella Unveils Bulleting $875k Pharoah Filly at Del Mar

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 9th-DMR, 57K, Msw, 2yo, 5fT, post time: 4:30 p.m. ET When a pricey yearling works a couple of bullets as a 2-year-old for meticulous preparer and Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, that debut bears watching. Sarah Kelly's VELVET (American Pharoah) brought $875,000 last year at Keeneland September--fifth-highest of her sire's yearlings in 2019--and began working in earnest in August, getting three bullets since, including four panels in :47 (1/87) Aug. 30 at Del Mar and five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 (1/21) Oct. 7 at Santa...

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Baffert Pony Smokey to Sell; Proceeds to Old Friends

American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile)'s trusty sidekick during his racing days, a pony named Smokey, will be offered at public auction Saturday, Dec. 5, in Fort Worth, TX. The buckskin Quarter Horse gained fame as he accompanied the Triple Crown winner to engagements around the country in 2015. Smokey was often photographed with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert or his assistant, Jimmy Barnes, in the saddle. Standing at just 14.3 hands, the now 11-year-old gelding will be sold by Twombly Performance Horses, a renowned ranch horse operation in the...

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Additional Supplements Announced for Fasig November

Officials at Fasig-Tipton have announced the addition of two supplemental entries to the auction house's November Sale, to be held Sunday, Nov. 8. Cataloged as hip 287 is the New York-bred Wasp (American Pharoah), who followed up on a debut second with a romping 10 1/4-length maiden victory trying a distance of ground for the first time in the Belmont slop Oct. 30. The 3-year-old bay filly hails from the female family of Grade I winners Evening Jewel (Northern Afleet), General Challenge (General Meeting) and Denman's Call (Northern Afleet). Wasp...

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Blue Grass Farms Charities Hosting 'Relics & Rarities' Virtual Auction

Unable to have its annual fundraiser this year, Blue Grass Farms Charities is hosting a virtual charity auction that starts Thursday, Oct. 29 at noon EST. Bidding will be open through Sunday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 p.m. EST. Featured items include halters worn by Justify, American Pharoah, Rachel Alexandra, Swiss Skydiver and more. Text BGFC to 76278 to register and receive communications on this inaugural auction or click here for a preview starting Monday at noon.

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