Brother to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah sold

Littleprincessemma and Irish Pharaoh. Photo: Michele MacDonald

Littleprincessemma and Irish Pharaoh. Photo: Michele MacDonald

Michele MacDonald of the Bloodstock Racing Post broke this exciting story yesterday:

“One of the most coveted yearlings in the world this year, the flashy brother to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, has been sold privately by his breeder, Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm.

Lyon confirmed the sale in an interview due to appear in Thursday’s Racing Post, but said she is bound by contract not to release details on the buyer or the purchase amount for the son of Pioneerof the Nile out of Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman.

“It will be up to the buyers when they disseminate that information,” she said. “I’m sure he’ll have every opportunity to make a racehorse.”

The colt, who has four white legs and a blaze and was named Irish Pharaoh by Lyon, has remained in the US but has been moved from Summer Wind. Lyon said he has developed well since he was weaned last summer.

“To me, he is one of those horses who continues to look good at all stages. You get those once in a while,” she said. “He has a fabulous attitude. I just hope he can run like his brother, or even a fraction as good as his brother. He is a beautiful mover and hopefully he’ll get some of the talent.”

Summer Wind Farm manager Mark Moloney said, based on how the colt has grown so far, that he will mature into a big, strong individual.

“He had that big hip,” Lyon said. “To see him in the pasture with all our other babies when they would run, you could pick him out from behind. He was just a lot stronger.”

The yearling is the fourth foal produced by Littleprincessemma, who also has a two-year-old sister to American Pharoah named American Cleopatra, who was bred by and is owned by the Triple Crown winner’s owner-breeder Ahmed Zayat.

American Pharoah is standing for an advertised fee of $200,000 at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky.

Littleprincessemma delivered a filly by Tapit at Summer Wind on February 13 who Lyon plans to retain, and the mare is being bred back to Pioneerof the Nile.”

Really great to hear about such an exciting event! Horse racing fans are looking forward to seeing a brother to the 2016 Horse of the Year.