“We have been overwhelmed by interest from Australasian breeders in American Pharoah ever since he retired to stud in Kentucky” said Coolmore Australia’s Tom Magnier. “It’s well recognised that he is a once-in-a-lifetime horse and the opportunity to bring him to Australia is an irresistible one.”
“I was at Belmont Park the day he won the third leg of the Triple Crown and I can honestly say I have never seen a racehorse like him in my life” said Magnier. “He is a faultless physical specimen and free of Danehill blood, so is a perfect complement to our own band of Fastnet Rock and Danehill mares. We will be supporting him with our own quality mares and we have already had a number of top breeders approach us with the intention of supporting him heavily.”
“He excelled in everything he was ever asked to do. He won a Gr.1 over 1400m on his second start and was nothing short of a phenomenon from that point onwards. I couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of offering him to Australian breeders and can’t wait for people to have the opportunity to see him in the spring” concluded Magnier.
American Pharoah will stand the 2017 southern hemisphere season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $66,000 (inc.GST). He will return home to Kentucky for the 2018 season at Ashford Stud. Above is an edited Coolmore Press release.
In addition to winning the 2015 Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes), American Pharoah continued to be honored. His accomplishments were named the top sports story of the year by the Associated Press. He or his connections also swept most of the year-end achievement awards of the horse racing world. At the 2015 Eclipse Awards, he was the unanimous choice for American Horse of the Year and Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse. His win marked only the second time that an American Horse of the Year had been unanimously selected, the first being John Henry in 1981.He was named the winner of the Secretariat Vox Populi Award, and his Belmont win was declared the NTRA Moment of the Year. His connections were given the Big Sport of Turfdom Award, an honor for people who “enhance coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and racing publicists.” In addition, Baffert won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer and Zayat Stables took home the Eclipse awards for Outstanding Owner and Outstanding Breeder. The major award that the horse did not win was the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. In spite of being the public’s overwhelming favorite, earning 47% of the vote out of eleven candidates in online voting, topping the Kansas City Royals, Usain Bolt, and Novak Djokovic, the editors of the magazine gave the award to Serena Williams.