Pharoah’s wean­lings lauded

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Ni­cole Russo

It isn’t of­ten that a first-crop wean­ling sire, with only gawky, fuzzy young­sters on his ré­sumé and no prog­eny ac­com­plish­ments to speak of, breaks out with a seven-fig­ure sale in this dis­cern­ing mar­ket. But it’s not of­ten that a Triple Crown win­ner comes to stud, prompt­ing even hard­ened pro­fes­sion­als to dare to dream.

A $1 mil­lion filly led the re­sults for Amer­i­can Pharoah as he came to an­other mea­sur­ing post in his stal­lion ca­reer, mak­ing a smash­ing de­but with his first wean­lings of­fered at pub­lic auc­tion. He av­er­aged $467,857 from seven wean­lings sold be­tween the Fasig-Tip­ton Ken­tucky fall se­lected mixed sale and the elite Book 1 por­tion of the Keeneland Novem­ber breed­ing stock sale.

“They’re sell­ing great,” said M.V. Mag­nier of the Cool­more part­ner­ship, which stands Amer­i­can Pharoah. “They’re all great movers. They seem to move very much like him.”

Aisling Duig­nan, Cool­more’s direc­tor of blood­stock, joined Mag­nier to in­spect the young­sters in re­cent weeks and noted that they in­her­ited the ef­fi­ciency of move­ment that pow­ered Amer­i­can Pharoah to eight Grade 1 wins, in­clud­ing the Ken­tucky Derby, Preak­ness, and Bel­mont by a com­bined 13 1/2 lengths, and the Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic by 6 1/2 lengths.

“We had gone around and looked at all the foals, and we re­ally liked all the ones we saw,” Duig­nan said. “The one thing they all seemed to have in com­mon is they all have in­cred­i­ble me­chan­ics, which he did as well. They are all beau­ti­ful movers, and they move just the way that he did. They are all from won­der­ful fe­male fam­i­lies, so you re­ally couldn’t be sur­prised that they would be as im­pres­sive as they were.”

Em­manuel de Ser­oux’s Nar­vick In­ter­na­tional ap­peared on the sales ticket for the $1 mil­lion Amer­i­can Pharoah filly out of Un­touched Tal­ent, ty­ing a Fasig-Tip­ton record wean­ling price. Nar­vick pur­chased the filly on be­half of the Ito fam­ily’s Grand Farm of Ja­pan.

“We loved her as a type, but ob­vi­ously her pedi­gree is out­stand­ing,” de Ser­oux said. “Mr. Ito is a breeder, so he will keep her to breed” af­ter her rac­ing ca­reer.

Un­touched Tal­ent, a Grade 3-win­ning and Grade 1-placed daugh­ter of Storm Cat, was a $5 mil­lion pur­chase by Cool­more out of the 2012 Fasig Tip­ton Novem­ber sale. The mare is the dam of dual clas­sic placed Grade 1 win­ner Bode­meis­ter and mul­ti­ple Grade 1-placed ju­ve­nile Fas­ci­nat­ing. Bode­meis­ter, the sire of Ken­tucky Derby win­ner Al­ways Dream­ing in his first crop, is by Em­pire Maker, the grand­sire of Amer­i­can Pharoah.

The filly was con­signed by Ea­ton Sales.

“I’m go­ing to tell you, these Amer­i­can Pharoahs are go­ing to blow through the roof,” Ea­ton’s Rei­ley McDon­ald said. “The ones I’ve seen are out­stand­ing, and he’s stamp­ing them. They’ve got huge shoul­ders and great hip, good length and scope, so this is just the be­gin­ning.”

Amer­i­can Pharoah also had a pair of wean­lings top the halfmil­lion mark at the pre­mier sales. A half-brother to mul­ti­ple Grade 1/Group 1-placed stakes win­ner Gio­vanni Bol­dini sold for $525,000 to Ous­sama A boug ha zale’s In­ter­na­tional Equities Holdings at Fasig Tip­ton. A day later, the young stal­lion was rep­re­sented by a $500,000 filly out of mul­ti­ple Grade 1 win­ner Life At Ten. Gainesway’s Brian Graves signed the ticket on be­half of the pin­hook­ing part­ner­ship Blue Sky Sta­bles.

“We thought she was a beau­ti­ful, bal­anced filly,” Graves said. “The sky’s the limit. He’s a Triple Crown win­ner, so we just bought some­thing by a Triple Crown win­ner out of a Grade 1 win­ner. We can’t be that wrong.”

Peter O’Cal­laghan of Woods Edge Farm also signed for a pair of Amer­i­can Pharoah wean­lings as pin­hook prospects, in­clud­ing a $400,000 colt out of Grade 2-placed Kin­dle. The in­ter­est from pin­hook­ers in­di­cates that pro­fes­sion­als be­lieve his young­sters will de­velop well.

“We’ll know if the price is worth it next Septem­ber when we come back here,” O’Cal­laghan said. “Amer­i­can Pharoah is [pro­duc­ing] great stock. They all have tremen­dous ac­tion and great pres­ence. You’ve got to like what you’ve seen so far.”

FASIG-TIP­TON PHOTO

This wean­ling by Amer­i­can Pharoah sold for $1 mil­lion at the Fasig-Tip­ton Novem­ber sale.

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