American Pharoah

Just The Judge’s Second Foal Debuts

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features the second foal out of the ill-fated Classic winner Just The Judge. 12.45 Newmarket, Mdn, £10,000, 2yo, 7fT NASH NASHA (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) is one of three Godolphin representatives here but the most significant on breeding as a daughter of the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas and...

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American Pharoah’s Maven too Fast for Them at Keeneland

8th-Keeneland, $79,935, Alw, 7-8, 3yo, 5 1/2fT, 1:03.02, gd. MAVEN (c, 3, American Pharoah--Richies Party Girl {MSW, $357,085}, by Any Given Saturday), the less fancied of a pair of Wesley Ward runners at 3-1, turned this event into a one-horse affair for a barn that wins more than its fair share of sprints on the Lexington lawn. A debut winner while earning a strong 84 Beyer Speed Figure in April of his 2-year-old season, the chestnut traveled overseas to annex Chantilly's G3 Prix du Bois that June. He had been...

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Wednesday’s Insights: Ward Runners Return at Keeneland

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 8th-KEE, $80K, Alw, 3yo, 5 1/2fT, 4:57p.m. Richard Ravin's MAVEN (American Pharoah), sent overseas following a debut win at Aqueduct in April, 2019, makes his first start in just over a year for trainer Wesley Ward. The chestnut colt RNA'd for £725,000 at last summer's Goffs London sale and, scratched from an expected start in the G2 Norfolk S. at Royal Ascot over ground concerns, was rerouted to win the June 29 G3 Prix de Bois at Chantilly. He was last seen finishing 10th at...

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American Pharoah’s Harvey’s Lil Goil Takes the GIII Regret

On a day of stellar open-length graded performances under the Twin Spires on the dirt, Harvey's Lil Goil reminded us that the grass can be just as exciting as she gave a heart-stopping performance to win by a head. One of several in the field of 13 who already had black-type experience, the gray was prominent early and always up with the leaders, keenly tracking longshot Eve of War (Declaration of War) from the outside behind fractions of :23.26 and :47.48. Harvey's Lil Goil collared that one at the quarter...

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Son of Mecca’s Angel Debuts at The Curragh

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Sunday's Insights features the first foal of top-class sprinter Mecca's Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}). 2.00 Curragh, Mdn, €18,000, 2yo, f, 7fT SNOWFALL (IRE) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) bids to build on her debut third at Navan earlier this month at this Irish Derby meeting that Aidan O'Brien always likes...

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American Pharoah Halter Headlines Iowa Aftercare Auction

Ashford Stud has donated a halter won by its resident Triple Crown winner American Pharoah for an upcoming online auction to benefit Hope After Racing Thoroughbreds (HART), an Iowa-based aftercare organization. The silent-auction fundraiser will be held exclusively online beginning at noon Friday, June 26 and will conclude Friday, July 3, at 8:30 p.m. Central time. The auction features other memorabilia, services, photos, paintings, tack and more. All the proceeds go to HART's care, rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming of retired racehorses from Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino. Those wishing to...

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Tiz the Law to Coolmore Upon Retirement

GI Belmont S. winner Tiz the Law (Constitution--Tizfiz, by Tiznow) will stand at Coolmore America's Ashford Stud upon his retirement, but will continue to race for owners Sackatoga Stable throughout his racing career, Coolmore announced Thursday morning. The colt, by the current leading second-crop sire Constitution, has won five of his six lifetime starts, including his impressive classic win last Saturday. "Tiz the Law is the outstanding colt of his generation so we are obviously delighted he'll be coming here," said Coolmore America manager Dermot Ryan. "From day one when...

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Tattersalls In Spotlight As Breeze-ups Begin

NEWMARKET, UK—The first British breeze-up sale will be staged in Newmarket on Thursday when the curtain rises on the Tattersalls Craven Sale, which will be swiftly followed that same afternoon by the Tattersalls Ascot Breeze-up. Horses catalogued for both sales breezed on the Rowley Mile on Monday and extended, staggered viewing periods have been in operation at Park Paddocks over the last few days to allow agents, trainers and other prospective purchasers ample time for inspections within the confines of social distancing. Earlier in the week Prime Minister Boris Johnson...

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Cafe Americana: Pharoah Colt Takes Unicorn S.

The undefeated SW Café Pharoah (American Pharoah), the even-money pick in Tokyo's 1600-meter G3 Unicorn S., made that price look like a gift on Sunday, as he won that Japanese Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifier by five easy lengths and set a new stakes record in the process (1:34.90). Dieu du Vin (Jpn) (Declaration of War) was second, 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Kenshinko (Jpn) (Pyro), as American-bred sires were responsible for the first three home. It was the first winner on dirt at the graded/group level for his...

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American Pharoah Filly Scores Sweet Win in Wonder Again

Sweet Melania delivered the performance everyone expected, dominating the GIII Wonder Again S. from start to finish. Seizing the early advantage, the 6-5 chalk put up a half-mile in :47.62 with Antoinette (Hard Spun) hounding her from a close second. Showing the way into the lane, the chestnut charged clear in the lane to win as she pleased with Highland Glory (Sky Mesa) in second. "Analyzing the race beforehand, it looked as though she had a pace advantage," said Todd Pletcher. "We weren't going to put her on the lead,...

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June 20 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency WELL-BRED LIVE OAK FILLY DEBUTS AT GP 2nd-GP, $65K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 12:30p.m. Live Oak homebred LOVED GLOBALLY (Uncle Mo) makes her career bow in this juvenile test. Her second dam is Grade I-winning millionaire My Typhoon (Ire) (Giant's Causeway), who is a daughter of European Highweight Urban Sea (Miswaki) and a half-sister to the mighty Galileo (Ire); champion Sea the Stars (Ire); ad MG1SW Black Sam Bellamy (Ire). This is also the family of Group 1 winner Bracelet (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}). Wesley...

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June 18 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency WELL-RELATED FILLY DEBUTS IN 'EMPIRE' STATE 1st-BEL, $64K, Msw, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:15p.m. Gainesway's LOVE ON THE RUN (Empire Maker) makes her career bow in this spot for Bill Mott. Hammering for $425,000 at KEENOV, the bay is a half-sister to two-time Grade I winner Belle Gallantey (After Market). Bass Stables' Thankful (American Pharoah) makes her second start and first on dirt here for trainer Todd Pletcher. She finished ninth on her May 14 debut on the grass at Gulfstream after brushing the gates and...

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